Remembering Rev. Doctor Lewis Flowers
Rev. Flowers was a tireless worker in this community for over 40 years. He was a constant fixture. Whenever there was a crisis or problem he was willing to work on solutions and follow through with actions to solve the problem.
“The loss of Rev. Lewis Flowers reminds us how much our city gained from his life of love and service to our city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Rev. Flowers is justly celebrated as the unofficial ‘mayor of the West Side.’”
The Rev. Flowers died Sunday, Dec. 9, at his home in the Austin neighborhood after a brief illness, according to a son, Durand.
Rev. was always looking out for the youth. He made sure not only the politicians were aware of the need for summer jobs, but the corporations and local businesses as well. Students obtained jobs and internships in places like the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Park Districts and many others.This was only because the Rev. insisted on them. He encouraged the Mayor, Cook County President and Governor for more jobs for youth, he was always on the case. He was a very caring man always concerned about other people and organizations, many times asking for others not himself.
Rev. was an active member of the Milton Olive, III American Legion Post, he rarely missed a meeting. He Served recently as the 15th year banquet chair. He was one of the founding members 15 years ago, working on issues effecting veterans. Rev. also served in Vietnam.
In 1978 the Westside Ministers Coalition was formed to bring about positive change for the residents of the city of Chicago in general and for the residents on the Westside in particular. The Coalition started a an extended arm of the Westside Ministers Conference to deal with the politics in and around the Chicago land area. Since the conference’ death with all things “Spiritual” the Coalition gave the pastors the opportunity to tackle social issues plaguing our various communities. From this bold move by our spiritual leaders, an organization was born; and organization like no other in the city.
Through the Westside Ministers Coalition many of Rev. Flowers visions and goals have been carried out: providing advisory and assistance in obtaining necessary resources to support our surrounding schools. To develop a resource guide to connect community residents and returning ex-offenders to social services agencies to improve their quality of life. To create a resource referral network that will enhance the services provided through faith-based organizations. To help community youth find summer jobs, internships, and or scholarships. To create platform for elected officials, community activists, businesses, social service agencies, and other faith based initiative leaders to discuss the issues.
Rev. Flowers leaves to cherish his memories: his father Lewis Flowers, Sr.; six sisters and brothers, Rev. Victor Flowers, Cornelius Flowers, Jocelyn Flowers, Dennis Flowers, Lorinda Givens and Aretha Johnson; three sons, Duwand, Durand and Chris; two daughters, Lanita and Blaire; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
This community will truly miss Rev. Flowers The Windy City Word will especially miss his support from the beginning of the newspaper, always calling it “Our Black owned community newspaper.”
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