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Thomas Briscoe, Civil Rights activist, military veteran and Columbia pioneer, dies at 93

Thomas Briscoe, Civil Rights activist, military veteran and Columbia pioneer, dies at 93

When Thomas Briscoe was a young man – before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus in 1955 – he, too, told a Southern bus driver that he would be sitting up front, in the area reserved for whites. Unlike Parks, Briscoe wasn't detained, but his friends say he was just as determined to stand up against injustice. "If he thought it was an important thing, he would really get into it, and he wouldn't just talk," said the Rev. Mimi Mathews. "He wasn't a watcher, he was a doer." The Civil Rights activist, decorated military veteran and Columbia pioneer died June 18 at the age of 93. Born to William L. and...

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