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Ruth Villa Jones
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Birth: Jul. 12, 1906
Iberville Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: 2013
Alameda County
California, USA

She was the youngest of 14 siblings.

She moved to Oakland, California at a young age, and over the years became active with the Civil Rights movement.

After attending the funeral of a Black Panther Party member who was shot and killed by the police, she became an active member of the party.

She was known as the mother of the Black Panther Party and was credited with starting many of the party's programs, along with Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and Angela Davis.

Spike Lee's documentary of the life of Huey Newton ends with a close-up of Mother Ruth crying at the news of his death.

She was involved with Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, California and worked with Rev. Cecil Williams to improve the programs provided by the church.

She took care of herself at home until she suffered injuries from a fall, at the age of 103. She was sent to a care home to recover from her injuries, and she stayed there for the last four years of her life.

She passed away after her 107th birthday.
Created by: Titania
Record added: Feb 04, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 124630358

 Added: Feb. 4, 2014

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