Live In The Sky

Percy E. Sutton, who displayed fierce intelligence and exquisite polish in becoming one of the nation’s most prominent black political and business leaders, died on Saturday, The Associated Press reported. He was 89

Sutton became one of America’s best-known lawyers, he represented many controversial figures, such as Malcolm X, and argued many cases. Sutton was a longtime leader in Harlem politics, and was a leader of the Harlem Clubhouse. The Clubhouse has dominated Democratic politics in Harlem since the 1960s. He ran for Borough president of the Borough of Manhattan in 1965, and won with 80% of the vote. He served in that post until 1977. In 1971, Sutton cofounded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation. His company purchased New York City’s WLIB-AM, which became the city’s first African-American-owned radio station.He initiated the revitalizing of the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. He also produced the successful It’s Showtime at the Apollo.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s