Longtime local civil rights activist Rev. Carlton Eversley has died

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Civil right icon Rev. Dr. Carlton Eversley passed away early Monday morning.

The Winston-Salem chapter of the NAACP and the Winston-Salem City Council announced the news Monday afternoon.

Circumstances that surround the 62-year-old's death have not been released.

During Monday night’s city council meeting, members took the opportunity to recognize his work within the community.

“He will be missed. He was tireless worker and champion for social justice in the community,” Councilman Robert Clark.

Since the mid-1980s he has been a boisterous voice for equality.

“A trombone for justice,” described NAACP President Rev. Alvin Carlisle. He said that Eversley said he was a mentor to so many young African-American leaders. Even helping them navigate divisive times.

Carlisle said that he will remember Eversley for his tenacity and willingness to sacrifice and to stand for what was right.

Though he has passed, there is a whiteboard that still sits inside the NAACP’s office in Winston-Salem with some of the major issues that the 62-year-old was trying to tackle.

Education, fighting racism in schools and standing strong with your values were some of those issues.

The NAACP president said the organization will host a meeting Tuesday where they will discuss different ways to honor the civil rights icon.

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