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Longtime Louisville civil rights leader Rev. Louis Coleman has died at the age of 64.

Family members and friends say Coleman passed away Saturday at Norton Suburban Hospital after suffering a series of seizures.

Coleman was the founder and executive director of the Justice Resouce Center and a vocal activist on numerous issues affecting African-Americans and other minorities.

They included the hiring of minority contractors for municipal and other projects, the use of force by police and the Jefferson County school system’s student assignment plan.

In a statement, Mayor Jerry Abramson called Coleman a “tireless fighter and a voice for those without a voice.” Abramson said he didn’t always agree with Coleman, but never doubted his dedication and devotion.

The funeral for Coleman will be held Friday at 11:00am at Canaan Christian Church on Hikes Lane.   Memorial services will be held Tuesday through Thursday in west Louisville and Shelbyville.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."