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SCLC President Howard Creecy Jr. Dies

The 1971 graduate of Douglass High School and former pastor of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church became president in January after Bernice King declined the position.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference president Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., 57, died early this morning the SCLC has confirmed.

According to a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Damien Conners of the Atlanta SCLC office said Creecy died of what family members suspect was a heart attack at around 12:30 a.m.

The pastor of The Olivet Church in Fayetteville, Creecy graduated from Douglass High School in 1971 and from Morehouse College in 1975, according to his Facebook page. He was elected SCLC president in late January after Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., declined the position. Before that, he had served as the interim president of the civil rights organization, which was founded by Martin Luther King in 1957.

According to the AJC report, when he took the helm on Jan. 30, Creecy acknowledged that the SCLC had suffered internal divisions in recent years. His mission, he said, was to help define the direction of the group in the 21st century.

Creecy was senior pastor at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church on Venetian for 26 years before joining his father at Olivet Church in 2002. 

His father, Rev. Howard Creecy, Sr., who died in 2008, was a well-known civil rights leader and pastor who marched with Dr. King. His cousin, Atlanta Judge Penny Reynolds is an Emmy-nominated television personality (Family Court with Judge Penny) and author.

Leslye Joy Allen July 28, 2011 at 05:58 PM
This one really hurts. Howard attended high school and college with several of my cousins. He was full of life and love. He will be deeply missed.
David Good July 29, 2011 at 05:10 AM
I met him at Kwanza Hall's birthday and we kept a dialog with him afterwords. Last time I saw him was at Sweet Auburn Fest. He was a great leader and a nice huma being. I wish I had meet with him just to know his vision and his thoughts. Lesson: never think you will have time... act upon your thoughts and tell your love ones that you love them.
Delores "Dee" Turner August 09, 2011 at 04:39 AM
This was a tremendous loss to the community.

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