Posted: Nov 23, 2013 2:55 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Nov 23, 2013 2:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - It was a celebration of life for an important man, who always remained humble. Impacts from the Reverend T.J. Jemison are shown by the state and national leaders who paid respects. Jemison died last week at the age of 95.
"Reverend Jemison gave us a torch," Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said. "And when I go back to my home town, Reverend Jemison will be on my mind."
Jemison is best known historically for planning the 1953 bus boycott in Baton Rouge. A plan adopted by Martin Luther King, Jr., during the famous Montgomery, Ala. boycott two years later.
U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond read a personal letter of condolences from President Barack Obama.
However, the most powerful words came from Jemison's son, Ted.
"Someday we all will have to go home," Jemison said. "To that place of peace and joy, to join those who have gone on before. Goodbye Daddy, for now. But, I'll see you in the morning."