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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-27-09 10:37 PM
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Percy E. Sutton, Political Trailblazer, Dies at 89
Edited on Sun Dec-27-09 10:39 PM by firedupdem

Percy E. Sutton, a pioneering figure who represented Malcolm X as a young lawyer and became one of the nations most prominent black political and business leaders, died in a Manhattan nursing home on Saturday, his family said. He was 89.

Entering politics in the early 1950s, Mr. Sutton rose from the Democratic clubhouses of Harlem to become the longest-serving Manhattan borough president and, for more than a decade, the highest-ranking black elected official in New York City.

Mr. Sutton, whose passion for civil rights was inherited from his father, was arrested as a Freedom Rider in Mississippi and Alabama in the 1960s, yet once described himself as an evolutionist rather than a revolutionist in matters of race. You ought always to keep the lines of communication open with those with whom you disagree, he said.

He was the senior member of the group of prominent Harlem politicians who became known, sometimes derisively, as the Gang of Four. The other three were David N. Dinkins, New Yorks first black mayor; Representative Charles B. Rangel; and Basil A. Paterson, who was a state senator and New Yorks secretary of state. Mr. Sutton was also a mentor to Mr. Patersons son, Gov. David A. Paterson.

It was Percy Sutton who talked me into running for office, and who has continued to serve as one of my most valued advisers ever since, Governor Paterson said in a statement on Saturday night.

In a statement on Sunday, President Obama called Mr. Sutton a true hero to African-Americans in New York City and around the country.



http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/28/nyregion/28sutton.htm...
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 02:26 AM
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1. Good Lord, he sounds like a LION. The kind of brother that can move mountains
"His father, Samuel Johnson Sutton, was born into slavery and became principal of a black high school. His mother, Lillian, was a teacher. The 12 children who survived to be adults went to college, with the older ones giving financial and moral support to the younger."

"During World War II, he served with the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed all-black unit in the Army Air Forces, as an intelligence officer. He won combat stars in the Italian and Mediterranean theaters. He entered Columbia Law School on the G.I. Bill on the basis of his solid grades at the colleges he attended."

Wow. Sounds like one HELL of a man. RIP
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 08:58 AM
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2. Yes he does....
One hell of a man is right!
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 10:00 AM
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3. We need more heroes like him. RIP, Mr. Sutton. n/t
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 12:59 PM
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4. mr. sutton was my great uncle's brother-in-law
Edited on Mon Dec-28-09 12:59 PM by noiretextatique
i won't air the family's dirty laundry here, but suffice it say the suttons are not our favorite people. however, mr. sutton did accomplish a lot. RIP.
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