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Richard K. Wong, also known as “the dean of faith community organizing” died on Sept. 15 of a stroke. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wong spent a lifetime helping to mobilize faith leaders to promote social justice. For over ten years, Wong served as director of community partnerships for Habitat for Humanity in New York City, where he partnered with local leaders, community boards and city agencies to provide hundreds of low-income families with safe and affordable homes. Wong was also assistant director at Asian Americans for Equality; president of the Brooklyn Local of the American Postal Workers Union, and a delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. His memorial service was held last Friday at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Wong served as an elder. Roland Lewis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in New York City remembers Wong as a unifying force in a fragmented city. “He was the greatest social activist I’ve ever known,” Lewis said. (E. Holmgren) [09/26/05]

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