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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Longtime Dubuque resident Ruby Sutton, died this morning.

People from different backgrounds are remembering Sutton as a civil rights activist.  She was highly regarded by many in the Dubuque community for fighting for inequalities.

"I want people to remember my mother as someone who stood up for injustice and inequality.  She would fight that good fight and she wasn't afraid," said her daughter Lynn Sutton.

She moved to Dubuque from Mississippi during the 50's --  a  time when there were very few African-American families in town. 

"At the beginning it was not easy, because a lot of doors got closed in her face but she still went back because she knew there was a bigger picture," said her daughter.

Affectionately known as Ms. Ruby by many, she served in the community as a member of the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, was president of the local NAACP branch, and worked with Operation New View, where she started a coat program for kids.

People in Dubuque have recognized the work Ruby Sutton has done and now the Dubuque Branch of the NAACP is also working to honor her --  it has to do with the Multicultural Family Center.

They're proposing a name change --  The Ruby Sutton Multicultural Family Center. 

"She was multicultural in her soul.  She worked towards helping all people regardless of who they were, where they were  from, how they were,"  said Anthony Allen, current president of the Dubuque NAACP.

They will present a proposal to rename the center after Ruby Sutton at this upcoming Monday's city council meeting.

Her daughter says she didn't do the work for recognition. 

"She did it because it was the right thing to do."

Sutton was 82 years old. 

Funeral services will be held next week.  

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