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Dr. Robert Hayling, Florida Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 86

Dr. Robert Hayling
Posted at 9:31 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-24 16:45:34-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Dr. Robert B. Hayling, a dentist and influential civil rights activist in Florida during the 1960s, has died. He was 86.

    

His sister, Yvonne Hayling-Clarke, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her brother died Sunday at home in Fort Lauderdale. No cause of death has been determined.

    

A member of a group known as "The St. Augustine Four," Hayling spent six months in a Florida jail and reform school in 1964 after he and three other members of the NAACP Youth Council asked to be served at a Woolworth's lunch counter.

    

According to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum, they were released only after protests by Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and others.

    

Hayling-Clarke says a service is being arranged in St. Augustine in January.

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