Rev. Keith Tonkel


Age: 81

pastor 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

Jackson, Mississippi