*George Edward Curry, a media pioneer and longtime advocate for the black press and civil rights, will be laid to rest Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in his hometown, with the Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, delivering the eulogy at Weeping Mary Baptist Church, 2701-20th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401.
Dr. Charles Steele, president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and lifelong friend of Mr. Curry, announced the arrangements today. The two leaders grew up in the segregated South at a time when Jim Crow laws were the order of the day. They made a pact early in life to never forget their upbringing and to work to help lift others, Dr. Steele said.
“We wanted to tell our stories, because we knew it could inspire and impact others,” Dr. Steele said. “We were two fellas from impoverished backgrounds, where African-Americans endured second-class citizenship. We were able to overcome and find success. We will celebrate that success in remembering the life of George Curry this weekend.”
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A number of dignitaries and noted journalists are expected to attend the services.
Friday, Aug, 26, 2016
Noon – 7 p. m.
Weeping Mary Baptist Church,
Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 35401
FLOWER DELIVERY HOURS:
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
Delivery to Weeping Mary Baptist Church
Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
Weeping Mary Baptist Church
Rev. Ricky J. McKinney, Pastor.
Eulogy Rev. Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton
NOTE: Mr. Curry’s remains will lie in repose at the church Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:30 a.m. until the funeral at 11 a.m.
Funeral Director: Van Hoose and Steele Funeral Home and Cremation Services
2615-Stillman Blvd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 (205) 759-5736.
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