According to the Star Tribune, the Rev. Curtis Herron of Zion Baptist Church died on March 18 at age 80. Herron led Zion Baptist Church, a black congregation, for 40 years.
The Star Tribune reports that the reverend was born in Kansas and attended the University of Kansas and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. He joined the Zion Baptist Church and began speaking to the congregation in 1970. The Zion Baptist Church, according to the Star Tribune, is one of the biggest black congregations in Minneapolis.
The reverend was an activist on behalf of political, racial, economic and religious issues. Many years ago he wrote in the Star Tribune about racial issues and low-income housing in the twin cities. Herron even participated in protests, such as a protest in 1999 against the tear-down of Minneapolis public housing. He was arrested for his protesting, but former mayor Sharon Sayles Belton dismissed the charges.
Herron's son Brian acts as the late reverend's successor at Zion Baptist Church. Herron is survived by his wife and three daughters, in addition to Brian.