MORROW, Ga. (BP) -- Jack Harwell, editor of The Christian Index for 21 years during his 30 years with Georgia Baptists' newsjournal, died Jan. 18 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
A family obituary described Harwell, 86, as "a respected editor, but a controversial one, serving during a time of division in Baptist life over both theological and social issues. Harwell was part of the moderate branch of Southern Baptists that would later break away and form the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship."
The family obituary also stated, "Perhaps his greatest editorial was written after the  assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Harwell called him 'a noble Baptist leader' who 'did more to help his race and to combat the evil oppression of racism and inequality than any other person in modern times.' He called on Georgia Baptists to be in the forefront in seeking 'human equality for all our citizens.' Read More