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Hall of Fame 2012

Rev. Charles Elliott, Jr.

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Rev. Charles Elliott Jr., 1934-, Louisville, KY.  He has been the pastor of the King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville for more than 50 years. He has spent his life helping the poor, fighting the corrupt and teaching children that education and jobs – and not violence or gangs – are their tickets out of poverty and despair. In 1957, Rev. Elliott organized the Kentucky Christian Benevolent Association to help poor people in emergency situations after learning about a 9-year-old boy who had died of starvation. In 1967, he became chair of the Kentucky Christian Leadership Conference. He helped settle a riot in Louisville in 1968 by working with city officials to provide youth with afterschool and weekend jobs. He investigated complaints that inmates were being abused at the county jail, and he marched at City Hall to protest the illegal firing of a police officer. In 1992, he raised food, money and clothing to help a city in Florida that was devastated by a hurricane. He has been instrumental in leading the Parkland Development Project in Louisville.

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