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More than 700 gather to honor New York minister


Minister Franklin Florence, facing, shares a hug with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. during a recognition dinner for Florence for his civil rights work. (Photo by Jamie Germano, Democrat and Chronicle, via democratandchronicle.com)

The Democrat and Chronicle reports on Franklin Florence, senior minister for the Central Church of Christ in Rochester, N.Y.:

Minister Franklin Florence is a man who holds a special place in Rochester’s history.
He also holds a special place in the hearts of many people.
That was made abundantly clear as more than 700 people gathered Friday at the Riverside Convention Center for a community recognition dinner and tribute that featured as keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.
“It’s humbling, very humbling to have this kind of outpouring of appreciation. It certaintly is very special,” Florence said.
Florence is best known for leading civil rights struggles through F.I.G.H.T., an organization he helped create, and for mobilizing thousands of people during prolonged battles for jobs with the Eastman Kodak Co. The battles ultimately led to the company’s hiring of hundreds of African-Americans in Rochester.

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  • Feedback
    I remembered Franklin Florence as a minister. I had forgotten about his civil rights work in upstate NY.
    When I saw his name I knew exactly who he is since I lived in down-state NY during the days when he was a well-known and active minister in the church in all parts of the state. I have been very far away for so many years, but his name was instantly recognized. Thank you Christian Chronicle for this article.
    I now recall the civil rights work he was (probably still is) doing.
    It is good that he was honored while he is still living.
    Thank you Franklin Florence.
    My thanks to the 700 people who attend the dinner honoring for him.
    May God bless You always.
    Eloise Brown
    May, 17 2012

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