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Cardrienne Perrin Griffin, educator and activist, dies at 84

Cardrienne Perrin Griffin, educator and activist, dies at 84

Cardrienne Perrin Griffin, a longtime educator and civil rights activist who co-founded the service-driven organization Women Behind the Community, died of a stroke at age 84 at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center in Baltimore on April 15.

The Fairmount resident was born on Sept. 18, 1933, in Atlanta, where she lived next door to Martin Luther King Sr., the father of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., and his family, according to her daughter Jewel Griffin Linzey.

Ms. Linzey, 51, of Columbia, said her mother often talked about growing up in a segregated community, where African-Americans were not treated equally. It would only later fuel her passion for education and...

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