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By Eric Shields

The Community Loses a Friend

Don Witherspoon was 'our own Martin Luther King in Blair County'


Last updated 1/4/2021 at 1:53pm

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The longtime president of the Blair County NAACP, Don Witherspoon, died Dec. 30 from complications from COVID-19, at age 77, according to news reports.

This past weekend, my family, along with the entire central Pennsylvania community lost a friend. Don Witherspoon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, died from COVID-19 at age 77.

Witherspoon's vice-president, Bill Sweet, said that Witherspoon would advocate for civil and human rights.

"We would visit prisons and answer complaints from the prisoners. If they needed representation, we would sit down with them and listen to what they had to say. We visited every prison within a six county area at one time or another," Sweet said.

Sweet said that the two would also address complaint...

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