bishop arthur brazier

C ivil Rights Leader, Arthur M. Brazier, known as Bishop Brazier to the many members of Chicago’s Apostolic Church of God, has passed away at age 89.

Bishop Brazier was a leader in the civil rights movement, he helped found The Woodlawn Organization in 1960, that championed for affordable housing and fought against public school segregation. He also worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and he touched thousands of lives through his ministries.

President Barack Obama, released a statement on his passing: “There is no way that we can replace the gentle heart and boundless determination that Bishop Brazier brought to some of the most pressing challenges facing Chicago and our nation.”

First Lady Michelle Obama may be among the mourners remembering Bishop Arthur Brazier later this week. The Bishop’s body will lie in repose at the church on Thursday from noon to 6:30 p.m. A home-going service will be held that evening for his congregation. Community and civic leaders will pay their respects with a viewing and another service Friday morning.


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