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Mississippi doctor, civil rights pioneer James Anderson dies

In this Aug. 19, 2002 photo, Dr. Aaron Shirley, left, and Dr. James Anderson share a private laugh after the conclusion of ceremonies naming the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, Miss., in honor of Anderson. Anderson died Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at age 82 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He had worked for more than 50 years to provide health care in low-income, uninsured and minority communities. Anderson was one of the first three African-American doctors to earn full hospital privileges in the Mississippi State Medical Association. (J.D. Schwalm/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

JACKSON, Miss. — Well-known African-American physician and civil rights activist Dr. James Anderson has died. He was 82.

A spokeswoman for People’s Funeral Home in Jackson confirmed that Dr. James Anderson died Monday. WLBT-TV reports Anderson died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The cause of death has not been released.

Anderson helped establish the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, where he was chief executive until his retirement in 1998.

Mississippi lawmakers honored Anderson in 2017, noting he had worked for more than 50 years to provide health care in low-income, uninsured and minority communities.

Anderson was part of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement.

He was one of the first three African-American doctors to earn full hospital privileges in the Mississippi State Medical Association.

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