The Rev. Walter Fauntroy Collapses During Rally

The 77-year-old former delegate to Congress from the District of Columbia had marched miles in the heat during the Reclaiming the Dream observance.

The Rev. Walter Fauntroy (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

According to a report in The Washington Post, former D.C. congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy collapsed on a small stage at the site where the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is being built after walking several miles in the sweltering heat during the Reclaiming the Dream march in Washington, D.C. The 77-year-old pastor was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. (Update: He was later released from the hospital.)

Several days ago, the Rev. Fauntroy ruffled conservatives' feathers by comparing the Tea Party to the KKK.


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