Edwin “Doc” Edmonds, New Haven’s premier civil-rights figure of the mid-20th century, has died. He made it to 90 years old, with a long life of community service behind him.

Edmonds moved to New Haven when Richard C. Lee was mayor, and quickly became a powerbroker. Through his political skills, he helped build a black middle-class in New Haven. For decades his was a prominent voice in demonstrations for peace and social justice.

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