Mourners Gather To Remember Louis Coleman

by Rick Howlett on July 11, 2008

Family, friends and colleagues said their goodbyes Friday to longtime Louisville civil rights leader Reverend Louis Coleman.

Hundreds of people gathered at in the Canaan Christian Church sanctuary to  honor Coleman, who died July 5 at the age of 64.

It was a ceremony filled with song, prayer and recollections. Among the speakers was Louisville Urban League President Ben Richmond, who called Coleman ‘a drum major’ for justice.

“Instead of carrying a drum major’s baton, Louis relied on a bullhorn, and like no one else could, he could use that bullhorn to attract attention about the need for change,” Richmond said.

Coleman was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville.

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