D.C. Advocate Marilyn Killingham Dies

Former president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa

Last Updated Dec 2009

By AFRO Staff


Marilyn Brown Preston Killingham (Courtesy Photo)

(December 29, 2009) - Marilyn Brown Preston Killingham, longtime Washington, D.C. resident and advocate died Dec. 26, 2009 from a lingering illness.

Killingham, born Aug. 30, 1933, in Nashville, Tenn., is the former president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa. She is known as a human rights advocate, addressing a United Nations (UN) session on racial discrimination in Geneva on behalf of the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities at the 2000 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. She is also known for her testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia on the conversion of rental properties to condominiums and how disabled tenants should be protected from being involuntarily displaced by a condominium conversion.

As a leader in the Stand Up for Democracy in D.C. Coalition, an organization that supports D.C. statehood, Killingham was known for working to bring the issue of taxation without representation to audiences throughout the country and the world. From her Southwest apartment, she lived humbly with little fanfare, advocating tirelessly, fighting the fight of her life for the elimination of racism, injustice, quality education and numerous other issues in the nation’s capital.

Killingham is survived by her son Tarik Preston and a host of relatives and close friends. Services are tentatively planned for Jan. 9, 2010, at Asbury United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Stewart Funeral Home. Those wishing more information may contact family by email at cmosbywilliams@gmail.com.


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