A Name to Call: James Orange

Rev. James Orange and Obang Metho @ King family tombs

A long-time activist, whose name many of us have never heard before, has made his transition: James Orange. He was a field staffer Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965, which was only the beginning of a lifetime of organizing, protesting, consciousness raising…and freedom singing to fight oppression and poverty. SCLC founder Joseph Lowery had this to say about Orange:

“Without James Orange, there would have been no movement across the deep South.”

and Andrew Young says:

“He was one of the first heroes. He is one of those people who never got the recognition, or the wealth or fame that he made possible for others.”

Coverage: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN

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~ by Anayah on February 19, 2008.

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