Late pastor honored with street named after him

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A portion of Warsaw Street was officially designated as the Rev. Mike Nickleson Memorial Way in honor of the late reverend who served for nearly 30 years as senior pastor at the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

The late Rev. Mike Nickleson was honored with a portion of Warsaw Avenue named after him on Friday, December 16.
The late Rev. Mike Nickleson was honored with a portion of Warsaw Avenue named after him on Friday, December 16.

On Friday evening, the announcement of the designation and unveiling of the street sign took place at the corner of Warsaw and Oxford streets. The designated portion of Warsaw Street runs past Mount Calvary.

According to a press release from Mount Calvary, “Rev. Nick” as he was known, was dedicated to serving his family, his congregation, and the Fort Wayne community as an education reformer, civil rights activist, and champion of southeast Fort Wayne businesses and housing.

Dot Nickleson, the wife of the late Rev. Nick said that her husband fought against injustice, and always believed that children should a voice. He started the first charter school in the state of Indiana, Timothy L. Johnson Academy in Fort Wayne.

Dot said the unveiling of the street sign was bittersweet, now that her husband has passed away.

Friends and family gathered to pay tribute to the late Rev. Mike Nickleson who had a portion of Warsaw Avenue named after him on Friday, December 16.
Friends and family gathered to pay tribute to the late Rev. Mike Nickleson who had a portion of Warsaw Avenue named after him on Friday, December 16.

December 16 marks the first anniversary of Rev. Nick’s death. Family and friends gathered at the Warsaw and Oxford streets corner to honor him.

Brief comments were offered by Rev. William McGill, Senior Pastor of Imani Baptist Temple, The Honorable Glynn A. Hines, 6th District City Councilman, and Adam Mildred, a family friend.