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Dr. William Leroy Land

Memorial for Dr. William Leroy Land

Born on Mar. 26, 1938
Departed on Oct. 14, 2014 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Service: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
4:00 pm
Cemetery: St. Delights United Church of Christ Cemetery
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Tuesday October 14, 2014 William Leroy Land ascended to his celestial home to be with his master lord and savior after a turbulent battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He fought this battle with the resilience of the heroic warrior shown through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's. William (Bill) Land experiences began as a youth. President of the Jackie Robinson chapter of the NAACP, he was trained by the best Fannie Lou Hamer. William was instrumental in the logistics of the sanitation strike in Memphis, Tennessee. He was one of the lead organizers in the battle of bloody Sunday in 1965. A behind the scene organizer, he marched with the honorable Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, John Lewis, the late Hosea William, and Rev. Dr. Joe Boone.

With the assistance and guidance of Reverend Leon White, he was instrumental in the fight for justice for the Wilmington Ten and Joan Little. She was accused of first degree murder of prison guard Clarence Alligood for sexual assault which automatically was the death penalty of North Carolina "In Conjunction" with the sexual exploitation of black women the stereotypical image of the black woman branded her as a "creature motivated by base animal-like sexual instincts. It was therefore no sin to rape "her".

Dr. Land received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baltimore Bible College (Baltimore, MD), a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO), and Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH). Specialized training includes: CPE, St. Louis City Jail where he was Intern Chaplain, Lancaster Seminary Pastor's School, Shaw Divinity School. His ministerial service is extensive: Bethany Christian Church (Austin, TX), First United Christian Church (Xenia, OH), La Amistad United Church of Christ, Brown community AME Zion, Washington Metropolitan AME Zion, Saints Delight United Church of Christ, Neville Chapel United Church of Christ, Saint Galilee United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church UCC, Rush Memorial Congregational UCC. Dr. Land served on numerous Boards and was very active in community and organization service including United Church Christ Wide Church Ministries, Board Life Committee, The Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church, Executive Council of the United Church of Christ, Work Rehabilitation Council of Cincinnati, OH, urban Strategy Task Force, St. Louis MO, Clergy Coalition on Black Mental Health, St. Louis MO, Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP, and many others.

Proceeded in death by his parents Alma and Bennie Land, son Andre' Lamarr King-Smith, brothers, sisters, mother-in-law Ozia Anderson King.

William (Bill) left to cherish, fond, and loving memories his wife Vanessa King-Smith Land "My Pretty Baby", Children: Imani Land (Barry) New York, NY, Rabutu Tia Atlanta, GA, Maisha Land Atlanta, GA, Hayes "Jay" (Joesha) Smith Indianapolis, Indiana. Grandsons: Marquis King-Smith, Benjamin Brown, Devin Thomas, Tyree Thomas, James Land, Tyvone Snowden, and Taylor Wood. Granddaughters: Ria Chenet King-Smith, Amariah Land, Destyni Wood, Kenya Smith, Ella Smith, and Anesia Choice. Daughter- in-Laws: La Sonya Gant, Allison Thomas, and Samantha Choice. Sister Evelyn Joyner (Herb), Brother Sylvester Wiggins (Carolyn) of San Antonia, TX, and a host of nieces and nephews and friends.

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.

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