Among royalty

Bishop Brazier passes the baton
In the 1960s, famed community organizer Saul Alinksy, Arthur M. Brazier and the Woodlawn Organization took on the University of Chicago, the mayor’s office, some church groups and even this magazine as they strove to improve life for people in the Woodlawn community near Hyde Park.

This summer, the 86-year-old Bishop Brazier retired from his position as pastor of the now 20,000-member Apostolic Church of God in Chicago (where Barack Obama spoke on Father’s Day). Along with developing the church’s ever-expanding and paid-for sanctuary and campus, Brazier helped give life and light and safety to the environs of the church, while he provided a model for people beyond Woodlawn and Chicago.

 

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