- NAME: John Cross Jr.
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Minister
- BIRTH DATE: January 27, 1925
- DEATH DATE: November 15, 2007
- Did You Know?: In 1963, while John Cross Jr. was pastor at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, it was targeted in a bombing that killed four girls. The attack was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement.
- EDUCATION: Virginia Union University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Haynes, Arkansas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Lithonia, Georgia
- Full Name: John Haywood Cross Jr.
- AKA: John Cross Jr.
- AKA: Reverend John Haywood Cross Jr.
- AKA: John H. Cross Jr.
- AKA: John H. Cross
- AKA: Reverend John Cross Jr.
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John Cross Jr. was the pastor at a Birmingham church that was bombed in 1963, killing four girls. The event was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement.
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He also served as director of the university's Baptist student center. In 1972, Cross became the associate pastor of the Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. A few years later, he started working as the black church relations director for the Atlanta Baptist Association. After retiring in 1989, Cross worked part-time as a minister and youth counselor.
Cross met Julia Ball at Virginia Union University. After marrying in 1949, the couple had four children: Michael, Alma, Lynn and Barbara. Cross enjoyed visiting his hometown, stating that his favorite vacation destination was Haynes, Arkansas. Having suffered a series of strokes in his later years, Cross passed away on November 15, 2007, at age 82, in Lithonia, Georgia.
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