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Longtime New Jersey activist Douglass Tucker passes away

Activist Douglass Tucker of Montclair, N.J., is being remembered for his work in civil rights and his volunteer work. He passed away last month from natural causes. He was 62.

Friends and family are celebrating Tucker Thursday at a memorial service at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark.

Born in Newark, Tucker graduated from First Avenue Elementary School and attended Arts High for one year. A celebrated athlete, he transferred to Barringer High School to play football and graduated in 1972.

Tucker retired from the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and was an active member of the Guards and Security Local union. A longtime civil rights advocate, Douglass volunteered for and supported community groups dedicated to improving conditions in Newark.

A member of the People’s Organization for Progress for decades, Tucker was a fixture for the organization’s voting registration and recruitment drives on Saturdays, just as he was for the organization’s Justice Monday protests.

Tucker held the title of minister of information for P.OP. He would provide news clips at every weekly meeting on national and international news affecting African-Americans and others. The clips helped elevate the consciousness of all the people who participated in the organization’s weekly meetings. His favorite quote was Gil Scott-Heron’s “The revolution will not be televised.”

Tucker is survived by his stepfather Reginald, his brother Roger C. Tucker III, his sister-in-law Sheryl, nieces Ara and Alexis and his friends Diane, Jason and Dana Grant.

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