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NATION/ Census Bishop Arthur M. Brazier: Bishop Arthur M. Brazier (c) was a prominent pastor and activist in Chicago. Activist, Pastor Of Chicago Church churches, with a membership of more than 20,000. A com-mitted civil rights activist, he invited Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the church in 1966 and they later protested together against segregated housing and schools in Chi-cago. Barack Obama visited the church during his presidential campaign on Father’s Day 2008 and emphasized the significance of family and the need for men to become responsible, reliable dads to their children. Upon hearing of his death, President Obama described him as a “dear friend, a stalwart of the city of Chicago and one of our nation’s leading moral lights.” Obama added, “There is no way that we can replace the gentle heart and bound-less determination that Bishop Brazier brought to some of the most pressing challenges facing Chicago and our nation. However, his spirit will live on through the parishioners, leaders and friends that he touched each day.” He is survived by his wife, Esther Isabelle Brazier; children, Lola Hillman, Dr. Byron T. Brazier, Janice Dortch and Rosalyn Shepherd; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.// M. Spencer Green/Ap B By ClarenCe Waldron ishop Arthur M. Brazier will be re-membered for his “gentle heart” and the profound impact he had on his church and the Chicago community. Brazier, the pastor emeritus of the Ap-ostolic Church of God in Chicago, died after a five-year battle with prostate cancer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 89. He became pastor of Apostolic Church of God in 1960 and served as its leader until his retirement in June 2008. His son, Dr. Byron T. Brazier, succeeded him as pastor. A native of Chicago, Bishop Brazier took the church of about 100 members and turned it into one of Chicago’s largest 18

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