Elizabeth Rickey, who "did probably more than any other human being" to prevent former KKK leader David Duke from attaining elected office, died in Santa Fe, N.M. at age 53. Friends said Rickey had suffered from several chronic health problems.
Rickey was a founding member of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism and a member of the Republican State Central Committee. She got her start campaigning against Duke while working for John Treen's campaign for Congress.
Longtime friend Quin Hillyer said Rickey became "horrified" at what she learned of Duke's racist activities, going on to tape record his speeches and notifying the media of Duke's views toward Jews and black people when he ran for Senate in 1990.