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Donate Today: NABJ Founder Reggie Bryant Tombstone Project

Thursday, April 12, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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WASHINGTON, DC (APRIL 12, 2012)- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) requests your assistance with a tombstone for the final resting place for our beloved NABJ Founder, Reginald Bryant.


Founder 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.  


Bryant's 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. 


"I 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."


With 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."


Founder 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.


"PABJ 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.



About NABJ:

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. Visit us here.

About PABJ:

The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 by journalists concerned about the lack of black journalists in the media and the dearth of coverage of the black community.Visit us here. 

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