SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Revered civil rights activist Mamie Wallace passed away this weekend in Shreveport. She was 96.
Wallace played a major role in bringing the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the city in 1962, where he galvanized crowds and motivated the masses at Galilee Baptist Church to take a stand against racial injustice.
Gwendolyn Barnes, who was raised by Mamie, said her god mother was a graceful, elegant and passionate woman who wanted to unite people of all races.
"She was really good about saying, 'trust the heart of a person, don't go by the color of their skin, but the content of their character,'" said Barnes. "She wanted us to live together as one."
She also aided the famous Freedom Riders as they made their way through the Shreveport area by supplying food and water at the downtown bus station.
Following the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, Wallace marched down Milam Street in protest of the atrocity.
After President Barack Obama's historic election, Wallace had the opportunity to attend his inauguration, a moment she describes as "momentous."
"She said, 'I knew it would happen, I just didn't think I would live long enough to see it,'" said Barnes.
Barnes said it's up to us to carry on Mamie's illustrious legacy and to maintain her empathetic and compassionate spirit.
"We can start by loving one another and respecting each other and not judging," said Barnes. "Love colors a multitude of sin."
Wallace leaves behind 2 nieces, whom she also raised.
The NAACP Shreveport Branch issued a statement:
Mamie's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. this Thursday at Sunrise Baptist Church in Shreveport.