Vigil will commemorate the death of Bobby Ellis on Thanksgiving Eve

The Dare to Care Food Bank and Interfaith Paths to Peace are sponsoring this year’s gathering to remember the Thanksgiving eve tragedy that inspired community leaders to create Dare to Care Food Bank.

On Thanksgiving eve in 1969, 9-year-old Bobby Ellis was found dead of malnutrition near downtown Louisville. He weighed just 20 pounds. The late Father John E. “Jack” Jones started the local food bank in 1969 after learning about the starvation death of Ellis.

Father Jones was pastor of St. John Church in downtown Louisville at the time. The closed church is now home to the St. John Center for homeless men.

The public is invited to attend a candlelight walk and vigil Nov. 22 beginning at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway.

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