Memorial for Phoenix civil rights icon halted by slurs

PHOENIX – More than 300 people joined together on Zoom and Facebook Live to honor the late Calvin C. Goode, a civil rights activist and the “conscience” of the Phoenix City Council for a record 22 years, in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.

After only 20 minutes, the online ceremony was interrupted when at least two people shouted racial slurs. The service continued on a Facebook Live stream hosted by the church that Goode attended for decades. 

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego was in the middle of her remarks when the shouting started.

She tweeted a statement shortly after: “I condemn the racists who disrupted Vice Mayor Goode’s funeral services. This is horrific and does not represent the values & commitment of our community. I am determined to continue Vice Mayor Goode’s fight.” 

Goode died Dec. 23. He was 93. 

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