Calvin O. Butts III is an American pastor and civil rights activist. He is the founder of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City.
Butts III was born on July 19, 1949, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the United States of America to Eloise Edwards and Calvin O. Butts II. His father was a sharecropper and his mother was a domestic worker who died when he was three years old. Butts attended public schools before moving to New York City at age 12 to live with his grandmother and uncle.
Calvin O. Butts III sadly died on October 28, 2022, at the age of 73. Calvin O. Calvin O. Butts III died as a result of pancreatic cancer on October 28, 2022. He was 73 years old.
Calvin O. Butts III Wife: Who Is Patricia Butts?
The wife of Calvin O. Butts III, Patricia Butts has been a lifelong advocate for the rights of African-Americans. Patricia Butts is the wife of Calvin O. Butts III who was one of the most important figures in the civil rights movement in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 6, 1944 to parents who were both educators at a historically black college preparatory school in Harlem. She attended Syracuse University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and her master’s degree in library science.
She married Calvin O. Butts III on September 9, 1967 and they had two children together, Kofi and Nana Kwaku Butts Jr., before divorcing him after 18 years of marriage in 1985 due to his infidelity with another woman who he would eventually marry after divorcing Patricia.