SCLC Leader Abraham Woods Laid to Rest

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - It was a spiritual service filled with
songs, praise and oratory. Saturday's funeral for Alabama civil rights leader, the Rev. Abraham Woods Jr., drew more than a thousand mourners to Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham.

A choir sang a spirited anthem from the civil rights movement, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around," as mourners exited at the conclusion of the three-hour service.

A white and glass carriage pulled by a single white horse carried Woods' casket across the street to Elmwood Cemetery.

He'd been pastor of St. Joseph Baptist Church since 1967. Woods
was the longtime president of the Birmingham chapter of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

He died from cancer on Nov. 7 at age 80.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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