Francesca Norsen Tate
The Rev. David Dyson will retire after 18 years of leading the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church and its social justice programs. Photo courtesy of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.
The Reverend David Dyson, for 18 years the widely-respected pastor of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (LAPC) in Fort Greene, will be honored this Sunday as he retires from this role. Pastor Dyson and LAPC have long advocated for, and protected the rights of, persons in their communities.
City Councilmember Letitia James is a leading organizer of the Community Tribute to Pastor Dyson, along with the Pratt Area Community Council, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Pastor Dyson’s background is also in faith and social justice. He was graduated in 1972 from the University of Pittsburgh with a joint Master’s in Public Administration),
After completing his program with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Dyson worked for several years as a boycott coordinator for the United Farm Workers, and as a driver and bodyguard for Cesar Chavez. Chavez then sent Dyson to New York City to direct a UFW campaign. Dyson eventually worked for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers as the National Field Director of the JP Stevens textile boycott.
He has since worked for civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, labor rights, affordable housing and community service.
Rev. Dyson has also served as the interim pastor of the Tremont Avenue Presbyterian Church in the Bronx, the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, and as the executive minister of the Riverside Church in New York City.
Sunday’s tribute, featuring music, performances and other special presentations, takes place at the Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St., in Fort Greene. For more information, call 718-522-2613, ext. 22.