The Memorial Celebration for Martha Rivera Chavis will be held at Martin’s Home for Service Inc. Chapel, 48 Elm Street, Montclair, N.J. 07042 on July 11, 2017. (Family Photo)

Martha Rivera Chavis, 53, the devoted wife of civil rights leader, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., died at home in Montclair, NJ at 3:00 AM this morning.

As First Lady of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and as the former First Lady of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 1993-1994, Martha R. Chavis was a loving mother and strong advocate for freedom, justice and equality in the United States, Africa and in the Dominican Republic.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the family. Messages of condolence should be sent to the NNPA national office in Washington, DC.

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