Friends, family mourn loss of local leader - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Friends, family mourn loss of local leader

He was a true champion of civil rights, throughout this community all over the state of Kentucky. When he talked, you listened, like it or not. Saturday the reverend Louis Coleman died, after a series of seizures, at Suburban hospital in Louisville.

Saturday they say the band has stopped, because there is no drum-major. The drum major for civil and equal rights for all, the Reverend Louis Coleman.  The Reverend Louis Coleman died just after one o'clock Saturday, after suffering seizures at home and at the Surburban Hospital.

Louis Coleman knew how to get things done.  He was a community activist from the old school, a Louisville native, who grew up in Smoketown, played ball at Central High School, and baseball at Kentucky State.

When he played ball for civil rights, it was hard ball.  The only way he knew. His calling card was his bull horn, and when he called, people listened, and answered.  He protested against police brutality, fought for minority contracts on construction jobs.  Stood up when racism roared it's ugly head on university campuses, and sat in on board meetings to get his point across.

He didn't care what people thought about him.  Wearing his ball caps and tennis shoes, he knew he was doing the right thing, for African Americans and whites.  He was like a bee and he would sting if he found something wrong.

The pictures in the office of the Justice Resource Center, detail a dedicated career, some 50-years, civil rights leaders around the country, all knew Coleman's mission, was to help those who were left out.  In his fight for justice, he went to jail several times, because he believed in what he was doing.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Metro Mayor Abramson said "Reverend Coleman was a tireless fighter and a voice for those without a voice.  We didn't always agree with each other, but I never doubted his dedication and devotion."

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