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September 30, 2016 | 4 – 6 p.m.

R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home

374 Vance Avenue

Memphis, TN 38126

Funeral Services

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 11 a.m.

St. Andrew A.M.E. Church

867 South Parkway East

Memphis, TN 38106

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Tribute To Joan Lee Nelson

Written By Megan Mottley (Cousin To Joan Lee Nelson)

Joan Lee Nelson Transitioned On September 18, 2016 At 70. She Leaves A Rich Legacy Behind.

Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. Aunt. Cousin. Freedom Fighter!

Freedom Fighter Joan Lee Nelson was born in 1946 to Edward Lee and Alversa Williams Lee in Lexington, TN. She was one of 13 siblings and was brought up in a home where faith and fairness were readily taught. Due to her upbringing, Joan developed a passion early on to stand up for her civil rights as well as that of others.


In her teen years, before graduating from Manassas High School, Joan had already participated in a number of sit-ins and protests and was arrested on a few occasions as a result. In 1963, Joan had the amazing opportunity to walk in the historic March on Washington and years later in 1995, Joan returned to Washington D.C. for the Million Man March as one of the few women to participate. Joan continued supporting the efforts for civil rights and other historical movements throughout her 20s and 30s.


Source:: Divine Magazine