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Lawyer Stanley Tolliver dies
The activist who shaped the desegregation of Cleveland schools died Monday at age 85

Vivian Goodman
Lawyer and activist Stanley Tolliver died on Monday. He was 85 years old.
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Stanley Tolliver, the man who shaped the desegregation of Cleveland schools, has died. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman spoke with NAACP President George Forbes about Tolliver’s uncompromising approach to causes and to people AND about the activism that was a part of his life virtually to the end.

Q&A with NAACP President George Forbes

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Arrangements for Stanley Tolliver's funeral:

Wednesday, January 12, 6-8 p.m.: Viewing E.F. Boyd’s Funeral Home, 15357 Euclid Avenue 
Thursday, January 13, 2011, wake at 10 a.m.; funeral at 11 a.m.: Antioch Baptist Church, 8869 Cedar  
The Stanley Tolliver  Memorial Fund has been established at U.S. Bank:  
c/o Sherrie Tolliver
11104 Wade Park Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

The lawyer known for his dapper dress, outstanding baritone and unwillingness to compromise – helped oversee Cleveland’s school desegregation in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Federal judge Frank Battisti appointed him to the Committee on the Office on School Monitoring and Community Relations, and three years later, he won a seat on the Cleveland Board of Education.

Former Cleveland Council and NAACP President George Forbes says Tolliver chose people and causes over prestige and position.

Forbes says Tolliver was a stalwart


Tolliver graduated from Baldwin Wallace and got his law degree from Marshall School of Law. He was legal counsel to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Tolliver also was a U.S. Army veteran, high school track star, and boxer and was married to the late Dorothy Greenwood for nearly 50 years. They had three children. Tolliver had been undergoing treatment at the Wade Park VA hospital in recent weeks.

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