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Clarence M. Mitchell III dies at 72

Former Maryland lawmaker Clarence Mitchell III, a civil rights leader and a member of one of the state’s most prominent political families, has died. He was 72.

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Clarence M. Mitchell III

His nephew, Delegate Keiffer Mitchell, says Mitchell died Thursday morning at a Baltimore hospital, where he was being treated for lung cancer.

Clarence Mitchell served in the House of Delegates from 1963-1967 and was then elected to the state Senate, where he served until 1986. He was noted for pushing civil rights legislation through the Legislature. His father, Clarence Mitchell Jr., was the longtime chief lobbyist for the NAACP.

Mitchell was convicted of influence peddling in 1987 and spent 16 months in federal prison.

His son, Clarence Mitchell IV, was also a state delegate and now hosts a talk show on WBAL-AM.