by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
On Thursday of last week, Rev. Howard Creecy Jr. died of unknown causes. Creecy was a well known Atlanta minister and the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). His funeral is to be held August 6th at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta, and other details are still being finalized according to SCLC and Jackson Memorial representatives. Initially, the funeral was to be held on Friday.
Creecy took on the position as president of SCLC on January 30th at the age of 57 when Martin Luther King’s daughter, Bernice King, declined to fill the office. Prior to his late position, Creecy was the interim president of the SCLC.
Although the cause of death has not been determined, Creecy’s family suspects that he died of a heart attack at his Atlanta home around 12:30 a.m., according to the SCLC. An autopsy has been ordered to verify his cause of death. In the wake of Creecy’s death, the nephew of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by the name of Isaac Newton Farris Jr. has been dubbed the interim president of SCLC.
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