LITHONIA – (WAOK/AJC) – A noted civil rights leader has died in metro Atlanta. R-B Cottonreader Jr. worked with the Congress of Racial Equality or CORE, when he lived in California, and then became a soldier for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference or SCLC, after moving south and working with chapters in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi in the 1960’s. Relatives say his work was done behind the scenes, but the leaders of those times, understood his committment to the cause. The 81-year old Cottonreader died in Lithonia on New Year’s Eve. His funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00am at historical Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.