Today’s Communiqué – 6.26.23

1. From “Robert ‘Say’ McIntosh, Little Rock activist and ‘sweet potato pie king,’ dies at 79”

Robert “Say” McIntosh, a political and community activist who was known for his high-profile attacks on Bill Clinton and his activism for Little Rock’s Black community, died Saturday at age 79 after a cardiac arrest.

Born in 1943 in Osceola, Miss., McIntosh moved to Little Rock as one of 11 siblings. After dropping out of high school, he entered the restaurant business and started his own restaurant, serving a sweet potato pie that eventually led to him being known as the “Sweet Potato Pie King of Little Rock.”

Key Fletcher, director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, said the cultural center’s Say It Ain’t Say’s Sweet Potato Pie Contest — named in honor of McIntosh — was more than just a pie contest, but a symbol of McIntosh’s philanthropic spirit and legacy.

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