Central Florida paying respects to Orlando civil rights leader

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida is paying tribute to a civil rights icon.

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When the City of Orlando was still strictly segregated in 1959, Father Nelson Pinder brought his work with sit-ins and protests here from the north. He passed away Sunday morning at the age of 89.

READ: Orlando civil rights leader Father Nelson Pinder passes away, sources say

Pinder was the first full-time preacher of color at the Episcopal Church of St. John.

See more about his legacy in the video above.

WATCH: Father of Orlando’s civil rights movement describes what living in the city was like in the 60s

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