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Nacogdoches NAACP president dies

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

"Equality and Justice for all" was the goal of Nacogdoches NAACP president John Morrison.

The community leader died on Monday after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was 74.

Morrison is remembered today for his work toward the equality of all races.

Morrison's last public appearance was a street dedication named for former NAACP president Arthur Weaver. Morrison also participated in the Martin Luther King walk and speech held on MLK Day.

 Friends pushed his wheelchair on Main Street, as marchers surrounded him. Once Morrison arrived at the courthouse he used his legs to roll his chair so he could visit with longtime friends.

Morrison's last public appearance was a street dedication named for former NAACP president Arthur Weaver.

Morrison also participated in the Martin Luther King walk and speech held on MLK Day. Friends pushed his wheelchair on Main Street, as marchers surrounded him.

Weakness didn't get in the way of announcing his goal of recognizing the Nacogdoches NAACP founder.

Morrison lived to see the dream come true.

Two weeks ago, cancer had spread through his frail body, yet he was at the street dedication, front and center.

"I think it's because of his courage, his tenacity, his will to keep moving is what kept him alive as long as it did," said Helena Abdullah, a friend of Morrison.

As a vibrant healthy man, Morrison came home to Nacogdoches in 2000.

The civil rights advocate promptly rechartered the NAACP

Morrison was comfortable in the neighborhood barbershop or a corporate conference table.

He brought people together and never believed anything until the facts were checked out first.

"A lot of NAACP chapters can take that after Mr Morrison, listening to both sides of the story," said Patrick Sanders, a friend of Morrison's since Head Start.

Future chapters are learning.

"At the NAACP state convention they actually recognized him, it was a lifetime achievement award given to him by the NAACP, as well as wen the Stephen F. Austin State University chapter won state chapter of the year," said SFA NAACP Chapter president Alexander Evans.

Life lessons were learned from their mentor.

"Always never back down to a fight if you know you're fighting for the right cause and you got the Lord on your side," said student Sterling Davis.

A community should remain forever grateful for this man's generosity and stamina for doing what's right.

A candlelight vigil will be conducted tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the fountain on the SFA campus. It's sponsored by the NAACP SFA chapter and the Men of Achievement.

A wake for Morrison is scheduled for Friday at Star of Hope Baptist Church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The funeral will be Saturday at Zion Hill Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Sadler's Funeral Home is conducting the arrangements.

Morrison's wife, Onetia thanks all the people who have been so nice during her husband's illness.

She said John enjoyed what he was doing and was happy that he was able to continue his work to the very end.

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