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.
TO GO WITH STORY by Mira Oberman, Social-politics-1968-US (FILES) Coretta Scott King (5th-R) leads a "March on Memphis" 09 April 1968, five days after the assassination of her husband, US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King. (L-R)her daughter, Yolanda, and sons Martin and Dexter, King, the Reverend's successor, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Andrew Young, later US President Jimmy Carter's ambassador to the United Nations and mayor of Atlanta. An unpopular war, two assassinations, bitter racial tensions and blood and fire in the streets: 1968 was one of the most turbulent years the United States has ever known. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)(Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)