Bryant is buried at the historic Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Pa. Eden
is the oldest public African American cemetery. Other notable African
Americans buried there include: Marian Anderson, Octavius Catto, Jesse
Fauset and Chris J. Perry.
gravesite does not have a tombstone. NABJ and PABJ are teaming up to
raise funds to change that, and replace the stick marker currently there
with a tombstone. NABJ is accepting donations through June 24, 2012. A
dedication ceremony at the gravesite will take place in the fall.
am requesting that our members truly support this effort and ensure
that Founder Bryant's final resting place have a tombstone. It is the
least that we can do for one of our founders that has given us so much,
this great organization," said NABJ President Gregory Lee. "The
contributions have already started rolling in, I thank everyone in
advance for contributing to Founder Bryant's legacy."
more than three decades in broadcasting in the Philadelphia area,
Bryant's radio following made him a staple in the homes and lives of
thousands who affectionately called him "The Doctor." Those who tuned
in religiously to Bryant's show on WURD did so because of his skillfully
conducted verbal surgery on a variety of hot topics. He also worked
for WPEN and WMGK.
"Reggie was a true intellectual and provocateur. He was involved in convergence
ahead of its time. He had capacity to make people rethink some issues
in a different way. We worked together putting print and broadcasting
together," said close friend and fellow NABJ Founder Acel Moore,
Associate Editor Emeritus at The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I
want to thank everyone for supporting the effort to purchase a
headstone for our late colleague. Reggie was a character and was always
challenging. In some ways, it would have been like him not to have made
the arrangements for a headstone. It's quite fitting for us to arrange
for it and the words of tribute to his achievements. He certainly cared
for NABJ and PABJ. His involvement and his founding of both
organizations is one of his most cherished moments. Reggie is certainly
deserving of this effort."
Bryant was a masterful journalist, dedicated and passionate about his
community until the last breath he took. His impact as a media
professional extended beyond the airwaves and to a legion of students
and fellow journalists who still cherish the impact he had.
is pleased to work with NABJ to support the legacy of our beloved
NABJ/PABJ founder Reginald Bryant. Known as "The Doctor" on
Philadelphia's airwaves, Reggie always had the right prescription for
social ills and racial injustice. Erecting a tombstone is the best
medicine for the "The Doctor's" burial site, which presently sits void
of one. PABJ is humbled to be working with NABJ and the community to
raise funds for the tombstone and to honor his legacy," said Sarah Glover, PABJ President.