Bishop Arthur Brazier, an author and pastor emeritus of the Apostolic Church of God, died Oct. 22, at the age of 89.
Brazier was responsible for helping bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Chicago to fight against discrimination and fair housing.
“Dr. Brazier was a passionate and fearless spiritual leader who took pride in doubling as an activist and social agent for change,” said Cook County Board President Todd H. Stroger through a statement released by his office.
Brazier founded The Woodlawn Organization, The Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation and The fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization.
Brazier authored such books as “Black Self-Determination, “Saved by Grace,” “Grace Alone,” and “Delivery Systems for Model Cities.”
“Brazier lived as he preached. He came out of his pulpit and fearlessly took on the gangs in Woodlawn, winning the respect of all who crossed his path,” stated Stroger.
Brazier is survived by his wife, Isabelle Brazier, and their four children, Lola, Rev. Dr. Byron Brazier, Janice Dortch and Rosalyn Shepherd.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester. A public viewing will be held today from Noon to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The wake will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.