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.