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A lifetime of fighting for rights

Malachi Greene, right, being interviewed after a Charlotte march in 1962.
Malachi Greene, right, being interviewed after a Charlotte march in 1962. Courtesy of Curt Peters

From Curt Peters of Charlotte, in response to “He never let party affiliations get in way” (Feb 27):

Your front page article on the death of community servant and former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Malachi Greene was a fitting tribute to a man of all seasons for ALL people.

The photo to the right shows how long Mr. Greene had been a servant of the rights of people. It depicts Malachi being interviewed by Charlotte media shortly after he and several others at Johnson C. Smith University led a march from the westside campus to the post office at the Federal Building on West Trade Street in 1962. There Malachi mailed hundreds of letters from Smith students and members of the African-American community to the district’s congressional representative seeking voting rights, equal opportunity, and civil rights for all.

Malachi was no “Johnny come lately” to fighting for our rights – that spirit was born in him through his mother and father.

While a large oak has fallen in this community’s efforts of equality, it is great to know that Malachi’s roots ran wide and deep and still live in people of good faith in the Charlotte community.

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