Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin
(Louisville, KY) Later today, Rev. Dr. C. Mackey Daniels will be laid to rest after being sick for the last few months according to a family spokesman. He peacefully passed away on Mother’s Day, May 13th.
The pastor for more than 40 years of the West Chestnut Street Baptist Church leaves behind a daughter, four sons and three grandchildren. Rev. Daniels was the first black arbitrator to the courts of Jefferson County Kentucky Bar Association among many positions held throughout his life as a community and civil rights leader.
I understand his good friend and fellow civil right activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Coalition will travel to Louisville to be apart of the service. I do know that Rev. Jackson was arrested Monday, (May 21, 2018) just two days before Daniels funeral on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Jackson said on his social media page after the arrest, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- #DrMLKingJr.
So, I hope he’s able to get to Louisville in time for the funeral service.
Rev. Daniels’ funeral is at 11:00 am at the church followed by the burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Rev. Dr. C. Mackey Daniels was 81.
Just days after his passing, 17th and Chestnut where the church is located was renamed Rev. C Mackey Daniels Way.
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*Rev. Jackson was arrested in Washington, D.C. for protesting the #poorpeoplescampaign. Jackson along with Rabbi @JonahPesner, @RevDrBarber, & @liztheo refused to be removed in the US Capitol building. Jackson said, together we will awaken our nation’s consciousness to the plight of the poor in our country! #PoorPeoplesCampaign