ST. LOUIS (CN) – Margaret Bush Wilson, an attorney and civil rights pioneer who was the second black woman to pass the Bar in Missouri, died Tuesday at 90. Wilson, the first chairwoman of the NAACP, worked on the Shelley v. Kraemer case in1948, in which the U.S. Supreme Court gave African-Americans the right to live anywhere.
After earning her law degree from Lincoln University in St. Louis, Wilson became the second African-American woman to pass the Bar in Missouri. In 1948 In 1991, Wilson testified before the U.S. Senate on behalf of Clarence Thomas’ nomination as a Supreme Court justice. She continued practicing law until she became ill in June.
While recovering, Wilson fell and was hospitalized. She is survived by her son, a sister and two grandsons.