WBEZ | woodlawn organization http://www.wbez.org/tags/woodlawn-organization Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Tribute to Bishop Brazier http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/tribute-bishop-brazier <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/arthur brazier.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. took to the streets of Chicago, many marched alongside him. But few matched the fervor of Bishop Arthur M. Brazier. Brazier was a vital spiritual leader in the civil rights movement.</p><p>Last week, the Chicago native was freed from a long battle with cancer. Bishop Brazier was 89.</p><p>His body will lie in state today at the <a href="http://www.acog-chicago.org/">Apostolic Church of God</a>. That&rsquo;s where the bishop led a congregation of more than 20,000 members for nearly 50 years. Others knew him through his work with the <a href="http://www.twochicago.org/">Woodlawn Organization.</a></p><p>Brazier was actively involved in Chicago&rsquo;s fight for affordable housing. He opposed plans by the University of Chicago to displace residents for a proposed expansion. <a href="http://www.metropolitanapostolic.org/">Rev. Leon Finney Jr.</a>, president of The Woodlawn Organization, says Brazier was at the forefront of the faith-based approach.&nbsp; Bishop Brazier also worked against gangs and crime.</p><p>His resolve and determination may stem from his time in the Army. He was drafted during World War II and served as a staff sergeant in India and Burma.&nbsp; But it was Brazier&rsquo;s work on the home front that would make him an inspiration.</p><p>Hearing of his death, President Obama called Bishop Brazier &quot;one of our nation's leading moral lights.&quot;&nbsp; Tens of thousands are expected to attend tonight&rsquo;s service at the Apostolic Church of God in Woodlawn. <br /> <br />The church will also host a service tomorrow at 11 a.m.</p></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/tribute-bishop-brazier