NEW ORLEANS - Today, the New Orleans City Council issued the following statement about the passing of former Council Chaplain, Reverend Norwood Thompson, Jr., who died Wednesday, February 8th.
Statement from the Council:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our former chaplain, Reverend Norwood Thompson, Jr., who was the longest-serving chaplain in Council history. Reverend Thompson inspired us to use each day as an opportunity serve with grace and spread God's love. The reverend was also a fierce advocate for the African-American community in New Orleans, having served as chair of the MLK Holiday Planning Commission. A firm believer in nonviolence and equal rights, he participated in many marches and sit-ins, including the 1961 lunch counter sit-in at F.W. Woolworths on Canal St, which created a platform for generations to come. He believed that everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or income, deserved an education. At today's meeting, we were honored to have members of Reverend Thompson's family speak on his behalf and commemorate the life of such a remarkable man and friend to the Council. We will always remember how he shared his spirit of inclusion and unity with us and all New Orleanians. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."