Mildred Jefferson, anti-abortion activist, dies at 84
Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and a nationally recognized leader of the anti-abortion movement, died Friday in Cambridge, Mass. She was 84.
Anne Fox, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, said Jefferson died after a recent illness.
Jefferson helped establish the National Right to Life Committee and was its at-large director when she died. She previously had served as the organization's president.
Jefferson was born in Pittsburg, Texas, in 1926, the daughter of a schoolteacher and a minister. She graduated from Texas College in Tyler and earned a master's degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
Jefferson also had taught as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Boston University Medical School.
-- Associated Press