“Our city mourns the passing of Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, a revered community leader who faithfully served Harlem and the entire State of New York for more than five decades. Dr. Butts led the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church with tremendous passion and care for his community. His leadership of Abyssinian Development Corporation, SUNY Old Westbury, and other educational and community institutions are just part of his enduring legacy of public service. While we are saddened by his loss, we will always honor and uplift his memory by advancing his vision for community empowerment, equity, and justice. My prayers are with Dr. Butts’ family, friends, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church community. I am grateful to have called him a friend. May he rest in peace.”