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Duluth Branch NAACP Pays Tribute to Xavier Bell

30 Oct 2019 2:11 PM | Communications Committee (Administrator)

Xavier Bell

Message from the President:

The Duluth Branch NAACP would like to pay homage to Mr. Xavier Bell for his unconditional love and leadership in our community. He was the definition of a true servant leader. His passing is a tremendous loss and a major blow to our community and he will be sorely missed! May he rest in peace!

-- Stephan Witherspoon

Funeral Information

November 2, 2019
2 pm - Visitation
3 pm - Celebration of Life
Peace United Church of Christ
1111 N. 11th Ave E.  
Duluth, MN 55805

People are encouraged to carpool and, if they are able, park near Myers-Wilkens Elementary School to save parking spaces for people who need to be closer to the church.

The service will be live streamed on Peace Church’s Facebook page for those not able to attend in person.

Official Message from the Bell Family: 

“X loved his family, others, and most importantly, God. He gave people a purpose. He was a father to the fatherless and was a source of life, positivity, kindness, and love. He lived his life as a lover of music and a soldier of social justice. We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and are overwhelmingly grateful to the St. Luke’s nurses, doctors, and staff, in addition to members of the community who have helped us through this trying time. The family would like to request privacy at this time.”

The Family Freedom Center is the dream of Bell’s that started in 2015 as an initiative to bring the black community together.  Our organization is to focus on the needs, cultural heritage, and to be a resource for families in the Duluth area. Last year, the Family Freedom Center found a home of its own in Lincoln Park and expanded to include the Family Freedom Summer program that was inspired by the Freedom Schools that took place during the civil rights movement. 

“X was a giant in our community. He dedicated his life to building bridges and fought for diversity and equality. There was no one like him,” said longtime friend Carl Crawford. 

“Spending time with X was always such a joy,” Mayor Emily Larson said. “He was so passionate about the work that he did, and for the impact that it had on our community. He led with his heart, and that led him to accomplish incredible things. His passing is a huge loss for Duluth and our state.”

Xavier left us to continue doing that work that he loved. It is our responsibility to continue his mission and his work that has touched so many lives in our community and beyond. The Family Freedom Center staff, its Board of Directors, and Xavier’s family are dedicated to bringing Xavier’s goals to fruition and will do so in his memory. 

Our organization and the Bell family would like to invite the community to celebrate Xavier’s life on Saturday, November 2, at 3:00 p.m. at Peace United Church of Christ. 1111 N 11th Ave East, Duluth MN 55805.  Visitation at 2:00 pm. All are welcome.

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About the Family Freedom Center: The Family Freedom Center seeks to empower the Black community by reconstructing socio-cultural narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be Black, both historically and present day. We will do this by exploring alternative means of education and providing resources that bridge the gap between community and students. This bridge will engage members of the organization with love, respect, guidance, knowledge, and pride. The Family Freedom Center fosters positive change in various systemic landscapes that directly impact the Black community while being inclusive to the Duluth community at large.