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Memorial service scheduled for Civil Rights activist Dr. Rita Samuels

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A memorial service has been scheduled for women's rights advocate and Civil Rights advocate Dr. Rita Jackson Samuels.

On March 27 Samuels passed away at the age of 72.

The service will take place April 7 at noon at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary located at 101 Jackson Street NE. 

Samuels, who is a native of Forsyth, worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the first black female in the state's history to serve on the personal staff of a Georgia governor, and served as the director of former Mayor Andrew Young's Office of Citizens and Community Affairs.  

In 1980 she founded the Georgia Coalition of Black Women, a women's advocacy group that trains and supports the participation of black women in government and business.

Her family issued the following statement:

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that civil and women's rights leader, Rita Jackson Samuels, passed away this morning. Rita was much loved by family, friends and associates throughout Georgia and beyond. Her love, strong leadership and determination will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming."

Samuels was set to be honored on Friday for her work in empowering women and girls in Georgia during the 20th Annual Women's History Month Luncheon at the Carter Center.

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