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The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, Pastor of Iconic Harlem Church, Dies at 73

posted on November 1, 2022

Michael S. Rosenwald of The Washington Post reports, “The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, who for three decades pressed for social change with political savvy and occasionally combative tactics as leader of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, died on Oct. 28 in New York City. He was 73.” Butts regularly worked with politicians on both sides of the aisle who supported his civil rights initiatives and economic development goals for Harlem. He told the New York Times in 1995, “I think the Republicans are in an excellent position to make the argument and demonstrate that you can do as much through economic development as you can through social welfare programs — in fact more.”

Read at The Washington Post