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Passing of NC Labor Icon John McCoy

Jeremy Sprinkle
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We join the McCoy family in mourning the lost of a true freedom fighter, Brother John McCoy.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 1111 South 5th Street, Wilmington, NC.

Brother McCoy played a major role in building our statewide and Wilmington area labor movements. He in many ways became the conscience of the labor movement in North Carolina as he debated positions that called on us to do the right thing.

Brother McCoy was a fighter for workers’ rights as a member of the International Longshoremen’s Union and he became a state and national voice for social, political, and economic justice through his many affiliations.

He served as president of the area A. Philip Randolph Institute for many years. In that capacity, he led voter registration/voter education campaigns designed to build political power for his community.

We will always remember his fighting sprit, love for his family and the contributions he made to advance the needs of the poor and working class in North Carolina and indeed around the country.