Shreveport, LA – (KOKA) – A leader who’s life experience includes plantations, protest, and the pulpit. The Reverend Dr. Harry Blake passes away at age 85.
The iconic pastor and civil rights leader died on yesterday night after a brief illness according to a statement posted on his Facebook page. Funeral arrangements for him is pending.
Dr. Blake was Pastor Emeritus of the historic Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Shreveport. He also was Interim Pastor at Saint Rest Baptist Church in Shreveport as well. He’s known throughout the state and nation as he’s held statewide and national positions within the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Blake was President Emeritus of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
“The family is appreciative of the outpouring of support that has come for the local community and from across the nation,” the Facebook post says. “During this critical time, The Blake family requests private time as they, together, mourn the passing of their father, brother, grandfather and uncle.”
He served at Mount Canaan for 52 years, iconic civil rights leader who championed justice and equality. He grew up on plantations in Arkansas and Louisiana. He also was a published author.
“Dr. Blake will be recorded in history as Shreveport’s Pastor, Hero, and Father,” said Charles Johnson – KOKA Director. “I knew him personally, ate with him, sat on his porch, and encouraged by him on countless occasions. I’ve not heard my grandfather sing the praises of many leaders in Shreveport the way he did Dr. Blake. For the last two years me and Dr. Blake was suppose to go fishing but never did due to scheduling conflicts. All I want to do now is go fishing with him.”
Blake is a symbol of Civil Rights in Shreveport and mean so much to this community.