Civil rights activist Abraham Woods dead at 80 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Civil rights activist Abraham Woods dead at 80

The civil rights activist who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and stood behind Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he delivered his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial has died.

The brother of Abraham Woods says he "labored until he couldn't labor anymore."

Woods died Friday in Birmingham, Alabama after a long battle with cancer.

He was 80 years old.

Woods served as longtime president of the Birmingham chapter of the SCLC and often led marches in Birmingham to protest police shootings, slumlords and neighborhood violence.

Woods said he wanted to be remembered as "finishing well", and his brother said that's just what he did.

Powered by Frankly