Doris Ward, a fierce advocate for racial and economic equality who became the first African American president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, died Saturday at her home in San Francisco after a brief illness. She was 86.
Ward started her lifelong fight for social justice with the NAACP in Indianapolis in the late 1960s, opposing the Ku Klux Klan, and started her political career in 1972 after moving to San Francisco, when she ran a successful campaign to become a trustee for the city’s Community College District.
She won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1979 — and 11 years later became the first black person to serve as board president.
Source: Bay Area News Doris Ward, first African American to lead SF Board of Supervisors, dies at 86