Gardner Taylor, an African-American Baptist pastor and civil rights leader dubbed the “prince of preachers,” died Easter Sunday, April 5, at age 96.
Taylor, pastor emeritus at Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y., was a close confidante to Martin Luther King Jr. He and other younger ministers frustrated by the older generation’s reluctance to engage politically in the civil rights movement founded the Progressive National Baptist Convention, an important base of support for King’s work. (BNG)
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