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Essie Mae Washington-Williams dies at 87; black daughter of segregationist Strom Thurmond
A week before Christmas in 2003, a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher stood before a phalanx of news cameras and 250 reporters in a South Carolina ballroom and declared, "I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I am completely free."
By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2013