Martha Rivera Chavis, 53, the devoted wife of civil rights leader, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., died at home in Montclair, NJ at 3:00 AM July 7. As First Lady of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and as the former First Lady of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 1993-1994, Martha R. Chavis was a loving mother and strong advocate for freedom, justice and equality in the United States, Africa and in the Dominican Republic. On behalf of our Executive Publisher, Danny Bakewell, Sr. and the entire Los Angeles Sentinel Staff we extend our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Dr. Ben Chavis, the NNPA President, and his entire family on the passing of Mrs. Martha R. Chavis, who was not only a dedicated wife, but also an amazing mother that served as the backbone of her family and community.
We stand with Dr. Chavis and all of the tireless and effective work he has done on behalf of Black people throughout this county, and now is the time for us to stand with him and his family during their time of need. May the many memories and legacy of Mrs. Chavis, help to sustain you all at this most difficult time.
Peace to You and Your Family as your wife transitions to a better place.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the family. Messages of condolence should be sent to the NNPA national office in Washington, DC.