We celebrate the life of the Rev. Willie Barrow

Community Renewal Society

Community Renewal Society celebrates the life of the Rev. Willie Barrow, one of our country’s great Civil Rights leaders. We are grateful for her tireless efforts to achieve justice for all of God’s children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her many friends and all those whose lives she touched, in particular her church family at Vernon Park Church of God and our own former Executive Director, Rev. Calvin S. Morris, Ph.D.—the two of them worked together closely at Operation BreadBasket and in subsequent years, and claimed each other as chosen family.

May her courage and love of justice inspire us as we work on to realize the Beloved Community.

To read more about the life of Rev. Willie Barrow, see this article, Rev. Willie T. Barrow, activist and civil rights icon, dies at 90, in the Chicago Tribune.

A public viewing will be held Thursday, March 19, at 5 p.m. at Rainbow PUSH headquarters, followed by a service at 6 p.m. On Friday, March 20, Barrow will lie in state at Vernon Park Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a service at 7 p.m. She will be buried Saturday, March 21, at Oakwood Cemetery.

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