Son of a slave, fighter pilot, attorney, activist, businessman, statesman, philanthropist. How often has Harlem’s loss been America’s loss? How often has Harlem’s hero been America’s hero? How often can one man be counted on to answer the bell the way Percy Sutton answered it? Brother Zachary Husser of New York wrote the following letter notifying us of Sutton’s promotion to Ancestor. Don’t be hesitant to share your thoughts & recollections on Brother Sutton.
Dear Family of Friends,
It is with a heavy heart and prayers of comfort to the Sutton Family that gives me inspiration to write this note about a “Man” I had the opportunity to listen to, mingle with, get advice from, and enjoy vacation moments with, when the spotlight for public opinion was off of him! Knowing Mr. Sutton from the various perspectives gives me the insight and foundation for this memory.
I truly was and am a believer in how Mr. Percy Ellis Sutton went about doing his business and the way he was very loyal to those individuals that worked to help him build a template political and business organization for the ages! Yes, Mr. Sutton was one of a kind, but his teaching will never follow him to the grave because thousands of today’s politicians, entrepreneurs, Chambers of Commerce, and just ordinary folk working on behalf of making things better for the Black Family will never forget the “Legacy” of Mr. Percy Ellis Sutton. As a matter of fact, Mr. Sutton’s “Legacy” lives through the lives of most of the Black Caucus Politicians in the United States of America. There’s one thing that separated Mr. Sutton from today’s politician, and that is with a few exceptions, those of today don’t have the courage to speak the truth like Mr. Sutton and many of his era colleagues.
The challenge then is to orchestrate the Sutton Legacy by becoming truth to power worker speakers in political arenas, in churches, on the streets, and in community based organizations that represent the needs and will of ordinary New Yorkers and folks who are in the class of not getting a part of the American dream pie. That’s what the “New” Change agents can do to make sure that Percy Ellis Sutton’s name and work for justice for Black people never dies!
In concluding, this is a short message to those of you who know and knew Mr. Percy Ellis Sutton. In collaboration with a few other writers, I’ll be coming back to you with a “Love” memory message about the life and times of Mr. Percy Ellis Sutton, the man that made dreams come true for thousands of Black Folks as he worked to become the best father, husband, advisor, and businessman that he could be!
In the interest of making sure the “legacy” of Percy Ellis Sutton never dies,
Mr. Zachary C. Husser, Sr.
The Family of Friends Network