On May 28, 2017 Pastor Carlton Lee and his wife celebrated the birth of their new baby girl! Last Monday, June 5, 2017, he posted on IG his celebrating his 7 years old birthday.
Now after all of that awesome news, we are sad to report Pastor Lee has passed away of a heart attack!
The Rev. Carlton Lee, 34, National Action Network’s Ferguson, Mo., chapter president, died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, sources close to the family confirmed to The Root Tuesday afternoon after NAN’s founder and president, the Rev. Al Sharpton, shared the sad news on Twitter.
Stunned to learn abt the death of Rev. Carlton Lee. He worked w/ us as a NAN rep in Ferguson, MO for Mike Brown. I can’t believe he is gone. pic.twitter.com/MDamIYxt5J
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 13, 2017
Lee, the pastor of Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, baptized Michael Brown Sr. on Nov. 23, 2014, the Sunday before a Missouri grand jury declined to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the extrajudicial killing of Brown’s son, 19-year-old Michael Brown Jr.
Flood Christian was set on fire and gutted by flames later that Monday night as protests raged through the city.
“The police called me and told me the church was on fire,” Lee told NBC News at the time. “I was in complete disbelief. I didn’t think anyone would set a church on fire.
“I feel like one of my children has died. I put my blood, my sweat, my tears into this church, getting this church built from the ground up,” Lee continued. “To see that it was taken down in a few minutes is really heartbreaking.”
Lee, who was extremely vocal about the need for justice for Mike Brown, said that he had received “over 71 death threats” in response to his activism, including one that read, “I’m going to come pick you up with all you other hateful nigger preachers and put you all in your church and burn you straight to hell.”
It’s unsurprising, then, that Lee did not shy away from blaming white supremacists for torching his church.
“Sunday, we do the baptism; Monday, the church is on fire. It just doesn’t add up,” Lee said.
Lee used $160,000—all of his personal savings and all of the money he had put away for his children—to transform an old auto shop into a church, the Washington Post reported.
Lee’s family members and friends expressed on social media their sadness and shock at the news of his death.
Pastor Clee just had a baby girl, see below:
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Also, there is a strong coincidental link with Ferguson Black Activists dying and getting murdered. See others who have lost their lives below:
The most iconic photo of the Ferguson, Mo., protests, if not the entire Black Lives Matter movement, is of Edward Crawford defiantly throwing a tear gas canister back at riot police. And now he’s dead.
Crawford was found shot to death Thursday night in his car, just like activist Darren Seals in 2016 and protester DeAndre Joshua the night of the Ferguson verdict in 2014. The latter two had gunshot wounds to the head and their cars were lit on fire. Crawford, it is believed by police, shot himself in the back seat of his car either in an attempted suicide or by accident.
Given the justifiable lack of trust between local activists, black residents and the police, however, questions remain about this story. In order to bring justice to Crawford, his family and the entire Black Lives Movement, it’s about time we started asking tough questions about their deaths.
Source: The Root
Photo Credit: US Backlash/Instagram@pastorclee