Skip to comments.Thousands mourn civil rights attorney Percy Sutton (Holder worked for him)
Posted on 01/06/2010 10:56:47 AM PST by STARWISE
Thousands of mourners filled Riverside Church on Wednesday for the funeral of Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before becoming a power broker and media mogul.
Among the dignitaries gathered at the church were Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Charles Schumer. Two of Malcolm Xs daughters also attended.
Speaking to the people gathered in the churchs pews, Holder called Sutton one of the nations true heroes.
I admired, respected and worked for him, he continued. The opportunities given to my generation were paid for by his.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also spoke, said that city buildings lowered flags in honor of Sutton, and that a building that houses three Manhattan public schools would be renamed the Percy Ellis Sutton Educational Complex.
Sutton, who was born in Texas, served with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black unit, in World War II before coming to Harlem, where he launched a trailblazing career in civil rights, politics and broadcasting. He served in the New York State Assembly and was Manhattan borough president.
In the 1970s, he and his brother bought a radio station, making it the first black-owned radio station in New York City. His Inner City Broadcasting Corp. eventually picked up WBLS-FM, which reigned for years as New Yorks top-rated radio station, before buying stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit and San Antonio between 1978 and 1985.
He helped save the famed Apollo Theater when the Harlem landmarks demise appeared imminent.
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December 27, 2009
Percy Sutton dies; His Obama revelation omitted from obituaries
Legendary lawyer and politician Percy Sutton has died at the age of 89, and the major media are omitting mention of one of his most notable acts. The former Borough President of Manhattan, Sutton had a long and distinguished career as a lawyer (he was Malcolm X's attorney) and media mogul, who purchased radio stations in New York and other cities, making them into high rated black-oriented outlets.
He also purchased and renovated (thereby saving from the wrecking ball) New York's legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. To top it off, Sutton was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, one of the most celebrated groups in military aviation circles. A man of great accomplishment, whatever else one might think about his politics, and a man worthy of great respect.
However, one of Sutton's most notable moments is absent from the media hagiographies I have seen: he stated on television that he knew that an Islamic supremacist, Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, and advisor to a wealthy Saudi, had paid for Barack Obama's education at Harvard Law School.
Exactly how young Barack Obama, a man of slender means, managed to pay for a Harvard Law degree has long been a mystery, and the President has not been forthcoming about any details of his elite education.
See for yourself, Sutton's remarkable statement, which has been consigned to the Memory Hole, by the major media. Not even a reference to a "controversial contention" or other such euphemism. It simply never happened as far as the media are concerned.
Represented Malcom X, eh?
Did he represent anyone else of note? Josef Mengele? Jeffrey Dahmer?
but he did a really nice job when he recorded “When a Man Loves a Woman”
Wrong Percy ... LOL ..