2011 Congress President's Education Banquet Speaker, Howard Creecy, Jr. dies

By Various |  July 28, 2011

Howard Creecy, Jr. 1954-2011


Dr. Howard Creecy, Jr.  at the
Congress President's Education Banquet,
June 22, 2011

Drs. George W. Waddles, Sr., Congress President, Julius R. Scruggs, Convention President and Howard Creecy, Jr., Keynote Speaker at the Congress President's Education Banquet,  June 22, 2011

SCLC leader Howard Creecy Jr. dies

By Fran Jeffries and Mike Morris, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference,  died early Thursday morning, a spokesman for the SCLC confirmed.

Creecy, pastor of Olivet Church in Fayette County, died of a heart attack at around 12:30 a.m. in Atlanta,  Damien Conners of the Atlanta SCLC office told the AJC.

A third generation preacher, Creecy, 57, was elected SCLC president in January after Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., declined the position. Before that, Creecy had served as the interim president of the civil rights organization founded by Martin King and other civil rights leaders in 1957...

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ATLANTA — The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., has died seven months after taking office, the venerable civil rights group said Thursday...

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, July 28, 4:53 PM

According to his biography on the Olivet Church website [http://www.theolivetchurch.org], Creecy was a graduate of Morehouse College...

Creecy served as senior pastor of Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta for 26 years prior to coming to Olivet.

In addition to his duties at Olivet, Creecy was director of the Office of Chaplain Services for Atlanta Fulton County Government, the organization’s highest ranking ecclesiastical position. Creecy was the first African-American in the county’s history to serve in that capacity.

Funeral plans were not immediately known.

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