Joan Jones, who helped form black rights movement in NS, dies at 79

A woman who helped build the black civil rights movement in Nova Scotia is being recalled as the behind-the-scenes power in a partnership that often featured her husband as the charismatic and public voice.

The daughter of Joan Jones said her mother died at a Halifax hospital on Monday night at the age of 79.

Tracey Jones-Grant, the oldest of five children, said her mother's ``voice and touch were on many things'' out of the public eye, including the formation of early civil rights groups alongside her husband, Burnley (Rocky) Jones in the 1960s and 70s.

The couple separated later in life, but friends say they consulted and remained friends up to Rocky Jones' death in 2013, say family friends.

Jones moved to the province from Toronto with her husband - who was a lawyer, activist and educator - in the early 1960s.

They created the Nova Scotia Project, an activist movement that led to the Black United Front, a group which challenged the racism and poverty that had plagued the province's black community for generations.