Unita Blackwell

Mar 18, 1933 – May 13, 2019 (Age 86)


Unita Blackwell was a civil rights activist who rose from an early life as a sharecropper to become an advisor to seven presidents and the first black woman mayor in Mississippi. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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We here in the District of Columbia who are members of the US - China Peoples Friendship Association - DC Metro Area Chapter want to add our sincere sympathies to the family and loved ones on the passing of this great pioneer who paved the way for the various US - China friendship programs we have today. Her contributions were significant for which we owe Mrs. Blackwell and her family a lot. May she rest in peace.

My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Unita through this difficult time of mourning.

To Jerry and family I am grateful to have known such an outstanding lady. She is gone but her legacy is a great part of history. Thanks to her determination. We must all remember to vote. My prayers and to love all of you.
Margaret Paige (Miami, Florida)

Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this difficult time of sorrow.

To the family I am sorry for your loss. May God of tender mercies continue to comfort you everyday in the time of your sorrow." Frances E Thomas Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi MS

Sending my sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. UNITA Blackwell

Unita Blackwell was Chair of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association when I was a young woman managing that organization's tour program for Americans visiting China. She gave me stories of her life, both serious and funny and shared her deep wisdom. I cherish her. May she rest in peace.

To the family of Unita Blackwell. She leaves a great legacy. May you find peace during this difficult time.