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Ester Lee King, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 68, served his community and his people by generously giving more than four decades on the front lines of protests and progressive organizing.

Living a full life with a loving wife, children, and a career, King’s real job was contributing to the movement of empowerment and equality for Black people.

King, a founder of the National Black United Front (NBUF), relentlessly organized for Black empowerment until he was slowed by a mid-August cardiac arrest. His days of contributing to that movement came to a halt with his passing.

“From the ’60s to 2011, there was barely a progressive movement that took place that didn’t have the involvement and leadership of Ester King,” said fellow activist and longtime friend, Omowale Luthuli.

Reared in Acres Homes, King was born June 26, 1943, in Magnolia Springs to Vergie Mae and David King and graduated from Carverdale Junior-Senior High School (’62) in the Cypress-Fairbanks district.

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