March 30th, 2012 – Rev. Addie Wyatt passed away Wednesday at Advocate Trinity Hospital. She was 88 years old. The Rev. Wyatt was a known activist leader involved in civil rights, workers’ rights, and women’s rights movements. She was the first woman to serve as vice president of an international union; the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt appointed Rev. Wyatt a position on the Labor Legislation Committee of the United States Commission on the Status of Women in 1961.
Rev. Addie Wyatt was born in Mississippi in 1924. Her family moved to Chicago in 1930, when she was six years old. She was raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. Family, friends, and colleagues fondly remember her as a strong advocate for labor rights, civil rights, and women’s rights. Rev. Wyatt founded many human rights organizations, including the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and Operation Breadbasket. The Rev. Wyatt was one of the founding members of the National Organization for Women.
The Rev. Wyatt and her husband Rev. Dr. Claude Wyatt founded the Vernon Park Church of God. The couple served as pastors together. They participated in civil rights events with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Rev. Wyatt’s wake will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon on April 7th at the Vernon Park Church of God, 9011 S. Stony Island. A funeral service is set to follow at the church. The burial is set to follow the funeral service at Oak Woods Cemetery, at 67th and Cottage Grove. Chicago Sun-Times
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