Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow Has Made Her Transition





Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow, “The Little Warrior” from Burton, Texas, made her transition last night.  She is my sister beloved who was my co-worker for more than 50 years.  She was a woman of unusual courage, character and ability.  She was on Dr. King’s staff during the days of Operation Breadbasket, continued on my staff at Operation PUSH, was deeply involved in my two presidential campaigns as a delegate and as part of the Electoral College vote from Illinois, supported the National Rainbow Coalition, was active in the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and attended every Saturday morning community meeting that her health would permit.   She was a great motivational speaker with the unusual gift of being able to take a scared group of people and inspire them to take militant non-violent action to correct a wrong.


She was an authentic freedom fighter in the linage of Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer.  In sickness and death her body was frail, but her spirit and good works were never feeble.  Our memories of her will never die.  Her flame of hope, freedom and justice will forever burn.


Rev. Willie Barrow was a world citizen, traveling to North Vietnam, Russia, Nicaragua, Cuba and South Africa.  She was in South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.  She was a short woman in stature and humble woman in spirit, but her life and living made a global impact.


Rev. Barrow, we will miss you, but God has gained a strong spiritual little warrior.




Thursday, March 19, 2015


            930 E. 50th Street

            Chicago, Illinois

                        5:00-6:00PM         Public Viewing

                        6:00-9:00PM         Service of Celebration


Friday, March 20, 2015

            Vernon Park Church of God

            9011 S. Stony Island

            Chicago, Illinois

                        10:00AM-4PM      Rev. Barrow will Lie in State

                        5:30-6:30                Prepast

                        7:00-9:00 PM        Service of Celebration


Saturday, March 21, 2015

            Oakwood Cemetery

            1035 E. 67th Street

            Chicago, Illinois

                        10:00 AM                Internment