Percy Sutton Funeral

Percy Sutton Funeral
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 06, 2010

1 of 12 Jenisha Watts

People from all over brave the cold to pay respects to Mr. Percy Ellis Sutton at Riverside Church in Harlem, New York.

2 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“He made it clear to all people of African American heritage that there are no limits that should be put on to the possibilities of our accomplishments, that excellence is something that we should always strive for. I was not close to him but I did know him and I did respect him.”

3 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“Mr. Sutton was the original Barack Obama. He was the original Jesse Jackson. Percy Sutton was a phenomenal giant on whose shoulders all of us are standing. As a motivational speaker he has given me many opportunities to perform at the Apollo Theater. The fact is he is my icon.”

4 of 12 Jenisha Watts

Memorial wreaths at Percy Sutton’s funeral at Riverside Church.

5 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“He has helped me in so many ways. He was a great man. I will really, really miss Mr. Sutton.”

6 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“Well, he was the President of our Harlem. I’ve known him for many years. He was one of the kindest man. He has helped so many people.”

7 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“He was an extraordinary man, extremely gifted and very committed to uplifting not just African-Americans but people of all nationalities. I think that his legacy lives on because what he meant to so many people who are active today.”

8 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“Mr. Sutton came to my wedding but he did that for anybody that knew him. All you had to do was ask and he would show up. I met Mr. Sutton when I was about 13-years-old, he was running for office at the time. He was our attorney when we used to picket at Civil Rights demonstrations. The first time I needed an attorney, it was him. I am going to miss him. He was certainty a Harlemite at heart.”

9 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“He first came into my life when I was graduating from P.S. 136 junior high school in Harlem. He came to address my junior high school class. I will never forget his tale about having coming from Texas and wearing a ten gallon hat.”

10 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“I knew Mr. Sutton when I worked on his campaign when I was about 28-years-old. I worked very diligently for him. I really wanted him to be the mayor of New York City.”

11 of 12 Jenisha Watts

“He was a great man. A great humanitarian. He made great contributions to New York City.”

12 of 12 Jenisha Watts

The coffin adorned with flowers.

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