The memorial service for the late Percy Ellis Sutton, prominent civil rights, political and business pioneer, will take place at The Riverside Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2009 at Riverside Church. The event is open to the public.
The Rev. Robert B. Coleman, chief program minister of The Riverside Church will lead the service, which will include the eulogy delivered by Rev. Al Sharpton; remembrances from Sutton’s fellow “Gang of Four” members—former Mayor David N. Dinkins, Congressman Charles B. Rangel and former New York State Senator Basil A. Paterson; as well as tributes from Governor David Paterson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, family and friends. The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., senior minister emeritus of Riverside Church will officiate and deliver the funeral prayer.
Guests scheduled to participate in the service include: Dr. Roscoe Brown; Inez Dickens; Hazel Dukes; Bobbi Humphrey; Clarence B. Jones; Melba Moore; and Attallah Shabazz
Charitable donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made payable to NAACP NYS Conference and sent to NAACP, 1085 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 300, New York, NY 10018
DATE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
TIME: 11:00 A.M. (SERVICE BEGINS)
PLACE: THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH 91 CLAREMONT AVE. (BET. 120TH & 122ND ST.)