Services set for KC civil rights leader Rev. Ralph Gordon Wright

12/31/2013 3:55 PM

12/31/2013 3:56 PM

The Rev. Ralph Gordon Wright, a longtime Kansas City area civil rights leader, died Monday.

He was 52.

Wright died Monday morning at his daughter’s home after a long illness.

Services will be Saturday. A wake will be held for him at 10 a.m., followed by services at 11 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 3801 E. Linwood Blvd. in Kansas City.

Wright led churches in several Kansas City locations, but was best known for his work against violence, discrimination and inequality. His most recent activism was organized under a grassroots organization he formed called The National People’s Movement.

A native of Kansas City, Kan., Wright graduated from J.C. Harmon High School and attended Donnelly College, said his daughter RaQuisha Roberson.

“His heart was for the community,” she said, “for the people.”

Roberson said her father “did both sides of the water,” a reference to the fact that his activism on behalf of poor and disenfranchised people encompassed both sides of the state line.

Wright is survived by his ex-wife, five children and two grandchildren.

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