Panhandle Civil Rights Leader to be Honored
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Longtime Florida civil rights fighter H.K. Matthews is set to receive an honor previously given to Nelson Mandela and Coretta Scott King.
Reports say that 86-year-old Matthews will be honored by Atlanta's Morehouse College this month for his lifetime of work to advance civil rights.
Matthews was a leader in the civil rights movement in the Panhandle in the 1960s and 1970s.
He led sit-in protests at segregated Pensacola lunch counters and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala., in 1965.
Matthews continues his work today from the pulpit where he preachers in Brewton, Ala.
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