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Shreveport activist worked during Civil Rights Movement

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. C. O. Simpkins and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. C. O. Simpkins and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Dr. C. O. Simpkins, a Shreveport dentist who was instrumental in the local and national Civil Rights Movement, joined KSLA News 12 anchor Domonique Benn Wednesday evening.

Simpkins worked closely with King registering black voters and bringing equal resources to all schools.

King made two visits to Shreveport, speaking at area churches. Simpkins said the last time he saw the Civil Rights leader was a week before he was assassinated.

King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech was said to be tested here in Shreveport.

In 1954, Simpkins made history as the first black to run for a seat on the Caddo Parish School Board.

Practicing dentistry and continuing his activism in New York City, Simpkins later returned to Shreveport. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1990, where he captured 32 percent of the vote.

He was elected to the state House of Representatives a year later.

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