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Birmingham City Council To Honor Birmingham Foot Soldier Washington Booker, III

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                             January 20, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors will remember one of Birmingham’s most notable civil rights activists today. Washington Booker, III passed away this morning after suffering a battle with pneumonia. Washington served as the co-chairman of the Civil Rights Activist Foot Soldiers. His career in civil rights began at an early age and led him to be an advocate for those who were underserved. At 14 years of age, Washington became a Foot Soldier in the Civil Rights Movement, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Councilor Sheila Tyson worked alongside Washington on several projects and says his presence and hard work ethic will surely be missed.

“Washington was such a man of high character. He worked tirelessly to help those in need, and he truly was a role model in the community,” Councilor Tyson said. “It is my hope that his legacy will live on in the lives of all those that he touched.”

A candlelight vigil in his honor will be held this evening at 5:00, at the Foot Soldiers office located at 1707 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203. A celebration in honor of his birthday will follow at Four Seasons located at 719 5th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369.