Jacqueline Berrien, a civil rights lawyer who served as President Obama’s chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has died.

She was 53.

Berrien, who passed away Monday from cancer, became ill in August during the N.A.A.C.P.’s Journey for Justice march from Selma to Washington.

“Her last act was doing what she loved: civil rights,” said her husband Peter M. Williams.

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