The Rev. Harry Blake, a civil rights icon, dies

The pastor emeritus of Shreveport’s historic Mount Canaan Baptist Church was 85 years old
Pastor Emeritus Harry Blake
Pastor Emeritus Harry Blake
Updated: Apr. 8, 2020 at 10:53 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Civil rights leader and longtime Shreveport pastor the Rev. Harry Blake Sr. has passed away.

Media Release For immediate release: April 8, 2020 Reverend Harry Blake Family Statement The Passing of Dr. Harry...

Posted by Dr. Harry Blake on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The 85-year-old pastor emeritus of Shreveport’s historic Mount Canaan Baptist Church died tonight after a brief illness, according to a statement posted on his Facebook page.

Funeral arrangements for Blake, interim pastor of Shreveport’s St. Rest Baptist Church, are pending..

“The family is appreciative of the outpouring of support that has come for the local community and from across the nation,” the Facebook post says. “During this critical time, The Blake family requests private time as they, together, mourn the passing of their father, brother, grandfather and uncle.”

Mount Canaan Baptist in Shreveport celebrates the Rev. Harry Blake Sr.'s legacy and marks the start of a new era with the Rev. Greg Oliver Sr. as senior pastor.

Blake, who served at Mount Canaan Baptist for more 52 years, was a civil rights icon who strived for justice and equality.

The revered pastor who grew up on plantations in Arkansas and Louisiana also was a published author.

Blake, whom some described as being a living legend, fought for equality and civil rights alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

And because of that, Blake is the subject of a now-iconic photograph of that era. It shows Blake being tended to shortly after he was hit with a billy club baton at Little Union Baptist Church in 1963. That photo has since come to symbolize the Civil Rights Movement in Northwest Louisiana.

Today we say good night to a giant. The Rev. Dr. Harry Blake had a legacy that was in many ways larger than life. Dr....

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