December Memorial for Harlem’s Rev. Dr. Eugene Callender

CALLENDER-obit-web-articleLargeA memorial service will be held Dec. 7 for a Harlem civil rights advocate, the Rev. Dr. Eugene Callender.

Callender was a deputy administrator of the New York City Housing and Development Administration under Mayor John Lindsay (that’s him standing behind Lindsey with the hammer).

He also served as director of the state Office of the Aging under Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Callender also was a past executive director of the New York Urban League.

Family friend Harriette Cole says Callender died Nov. 2. He was 87.

He lectured and preached throughout the country. He’s best known for starting a series of “street academies” for disadvantaged New York City youth. He also established a drug treatment program in Harlem.

The memorial service will be held at the Church of the Master, where he was pastor.

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