Joe was such a friend and was so inspirational to so many of us. The last time I talked to him, it was about the marker for Peace and Justice Plaza. I asked him what he thought a good date would be to celebrate the installation of the marker. He thought that Easter Week would be as good as any. During Easter Week 1964, some civil rights protesters, trying to persuade the town council to pass a public accommodations ordinance, staged a fast there at the base of the flagpole.
I hope we can have that celebration next year in Joe's memory.
UPDATE 10/29: Thanks to Mark Chilton for posting this obituary.
UPDATE 10/30: N&O's obituary.
UPDATE 10/31: A moving tribute from historian and blogger Ralph Luker.