Influential black congregation leader Rev. Curtis Herron dies at 80

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Rev. Curtis Herron led the Zion Baptist Church, one of Minneapolis' largest black congregations, for forty years and used his influence to affect social change, dying March 18 at 80 according to the Star Tribune.
A native of Kansas City, Kan., Herron moved his family to Minneapolis in 1970 after graduating form the University of Kansas and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Early on at Zion, Herron organized boycotts against Carson Pirie Scott and Dayton's for their mistreatment of black customers.
His most memorable piece of activism came in 1999 when he was among those arrested for protesting the demolition of public housing in north Minneapolis. "Just because you're under attack doesn't mean that you aren't protected," Herron was quoted as saying in regards to times of trouble.
Herron's son, Brian, a former Minneapolis City Council Member who plead guilty to extortion in 2001, now leads the church.

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