Former New Orleans civil rights activist Rudy Lombard has died.
He was 75.
The one-time mayoral candidate’s conviction for a sit-in at a Canal Street store was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
He died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer.
The New Orleans Advocate reports Lombard spent the past 20 years or so in Evanston, Illinois, where he worked as a research scientist for NorthShore University HealthSystem, focusing on prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease a decade ago.