Civil rights leader, current Ouachita Parish School Board member passes away

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UPDATE: MONROE, La. — Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo released the following statement regarding Rev. John Russell, Senior’s passing:

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rev. John Russell, Sr. He was a courageous civil rights leader, passionate pastor, advocate for education and proud father.  I remember marching with him and others, when he led the effort for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to be recognized by the Ouachita Parish School System.  In addition to his more than three decades of honorable service on the Ouachita Parish School Board, he was a top member of the administration of former Monroe Mayor Ralph Troy and a well-respected leader in the faith-based community.  He will be sorely missed.”

Mayor Jamie Mayo, City of Monroe

ORIGINAL: MONROE, La. — A local civil rights leader and current Ouachita Parish School Board member has passed away.

According to the family, Pastor Emeritus John L. Russell Sr. passed away early this morning surrounded by his family.

Russell was the representative for the Ouachita Parish School Board District E for 33 years.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by the McFarland Funeral Companies in Monroe.

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