Hats off to a life well lived to a true gem and activist, Ozell Sutton. Sutton served a vast life as a longtime civil rights leader and is closely tied to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His daughter, Alta Sutton announced that her father died over the weekend at Saint Joseph Hospital in Atlanta.

Alta Sutton made a statement to The Associated Press that he went “peacefully.” She went on in admiration of her father saying, “He was a wonderful husband and father,” she said. “They don’t make daddies like him. He was a gem, a rare pearl. He was such a tremendous force. He lived a great life.”

Highlights of Sutton’s career as an outstanding activist for equal rights for blacks include marching alongside Dr. King in Selma in 1965. Not only was he on the front line with King he was also present during the time of his assassination in Memphis in 1968. He also played a vital role in helping those nine African-American students enroll at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

More current in 2012 he was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal as one of the first African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corp. He was also director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Relations Service in Atlanta until he retired in 2003.

His loving daughter concluded on the emotional note that, “It’s seems like the longer you have them, the harder it is to let them go,” but “He’s run the race and he has served.”

Well keep you posted on coverage for Sutton’s funeral arrangements to come.

About The Author Myrtis Thweatt

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