J. Whyatt Mondesire, middle, is seen in 2012 speaking to people gathered to demonstrate the opposition of Pennsylvania’s voter identification law at an NAACP rally. The law has since been struck down. | Photo by Michael Perez/AP
This morning, we reported that longtime Philadelphia NAACP leader J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire died Sunday night at age 65. He reportedly suffered a brain aneurysm while undergoing dialysis last week. Mondesire served as an editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, publisher of the Philadelphia Sun, and head of the local NAACP chapter from 1991 to 2014. Here’s what officials and community leaders are saying about Mondesire:
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Jerry Mondesire via NAACP.
The 106th NAACP National Convention is now in full swing at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, with President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton scheduled to address the thousands in attendance this week. But one man who was involved in bringing the NAACP National Convention to Philadelphia is absent from the lineup of confirmed guests and speakers: Jerry Mondesire, the former head of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP. Read more »
Less than two weeks after she was arrested for allegedly threatening Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Minehart on Twitter, Jennifer Mondesire, the daughter of suspended Philadelphia NAACP leader Jerry Mondesire, has been released on bail. Read more »
Attorney Jennifer Mondesire, the 35-year-old daughter of suspended Philadelphia NAACP president Jerry Mondesire, was arrested on Monday for threatening Judge Jeffrey Minehart on social media, reports Tasha Jamerson, the spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office. Read more »
The Philadelphia Tribune’s Johann Calhoun reports the national office of the NAACP has suspended four officers involved in a dispute over money. The NAACP suspended local chapter president Jerome “Jerry” Mondesire, Donald “Ducky” Birts, the Rev. Elisha Morris and Sid Booker. You have to enjoy a scandal that includes a guy with the nickname “Ducky.”
At issue: Birts, Morris and Booker — longtime Mondesire pals who were below him in the local chapter’s hierarchy — didn’t like the way Mondesire managed a certain amount of money. (In the Daily News earlier this week, Stu Bykofsky wrote that the NAACP’s financial situation is “precarious.”) After the three look leaves of absence, Mondesire fired them.
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