Rev. Keith Tonkel
at Wells United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi since 1969 who
was one of 28 white United Methodist ministers who signed a statement
condemning segregation and racism in the Deep South in 1963 while he
was pastor of the small Guinn Memorial Methodist Church in Gulfport
when he and 27 other young ministers signed the "Born of Conviction"
statement against racism that appeared in a Mississippi Methodist
publication in January 1963 near the height of white resistance to the
civil rights movement, but it was released three months after a mob
rioted because of the court-ordered integration of the University of
Mississippi in Oxford and about five months before Mississippi NAACP
leader Medgar Evers was assassinated outside his Jackson home.
Cause of Death: Complications from throat cancer
Born: January 15, 1936
Died: March 8, 2017
Location: Jackson, Mississippi