Civil Rights Icon Rev. Amos C. Brown Fighting For Change One Registered Voter At A Time

Source: Jen Christensen / CNN

At 82 and slowed by a stroke, Brown could be satisfied as senior pastor to his 3,000-strong flock at Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, the Bay Area’s version of King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Instead, he has been working behind the scenes – praying with President Barack Obama before his second debate – as well as working on the front lines, trying to register as many African-Americans as possible ahead of Tuesday’s election.

His goal: to strengthen his community’s political voice, fight against what he perceives as efforts to diminish that voice and keep the country’s first black president in office.

“My mentor (Evers) died trying to get people the vote – a right that was theirs. We’ve got to remember this,” he says. “People must know how many others were sacrificed trying to get people this right.”

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