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The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Branch Executive
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Strawberries
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Ignorance Is A Terrible Thing To Watch.

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1949
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Branch Executive
Newspaper Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Strawberries
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Ignorance Is A Terrible Thing To Watch.

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1949
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Newspaper publisher and former congressional staff member Jerome Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire was born October 10, 1949, in Harlem, New York. Mondesire’s working class parents, Jerome Alexis Mondesire, a Dominican Garveyite, and Winnifred Taylor Mondesire of South Carolina, emphasized education. Mondesire attended P.S. 88 and Junior High School 172; he graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Queens in 1968, where he was a member of the NAACP High School Youth Council. Mondesire attended City Colleges of New York, where he studied journalism and was a student activist and volunteer with SNCC in 1969.

Mondesire covered the Black October killings of Maryland State Senator James Turk Scott and “Pee Wee” Matthews for the Baltimore Sun in 1973. At the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1974, Mondesire covered Mayor Frank Rizzo’s strip-searching of the Black Panthers. At the Inquirer, Mondesire became assistant city desk editor, turning to politics full-time in 1977. Mondesire was later chosen to work as chief of staff for William H. Gray’s successful congressional campaign. As Congressman Gray’s top aide, Mondesire influenced and shaped policy; he was instrumental in the 1985 national Stop The Springboks! Campaign, and helped to write the South African sanctions legislation for Congress. In 1991, Mondesire started his own weekly newspaper, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun. In 1992, after Congressman Gray retired, Mondesire acquired the Philadelphia Sun newspaper including the online edition. Mondesire also hosted the FreedomQuest, a local public and political affairs talk show on Philadelphia cable television.

Mondesire was elected president of Philadelphia’s NAACP chapter where he increased membership to over 5,000. Under Mondesire the NAACP overturned the ex-felon disenfranchisement law in 1999. Mondesire remained active in welfare to work training, health care, youth violence and police brutality.

Mondesire passed away on October 4, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes being raised by his father after his mother's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls the African National Memorial Bookstore
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire remembers Blumstein's Department Store
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his childhood in Harlem
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire remembers Harlem's Apollo Theater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his childhood personality and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his early educational experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls studying Russian in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire remembers his first TV
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls New York City's music scene
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his civil rights participation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his civil rights participation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls a dangerous political situation from his college years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls why he became interested in civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his interest in journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire talks about the NAACP Youth Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls his experiences in the South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire remembers joining The Baltimore Sun
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls his work for The Baltimore Sun, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls his work for The Baltimore Sun, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls covering the murder of James "Turk" Scott
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls covering Black October, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls covering Black October, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire reflects upon Black October's approach to Baltimore's drug culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls moving from Baltimore to Philadelphia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his work at The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls being chief of staff for HistoryMaker William H. Gray, III
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes founding the Philadelphia Sunday Sun
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls his anti-apartheid involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire talks about Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire reflects upon his political involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls the bombing of MOVE in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and his NAACP involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes joining the NAACP's Philadelphia chapter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his Philadelphia NAACP presidency and prison reform
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes the Philadelphia NAACP's program involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes the Philadelphia NAACP's anti-violence activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire talks about long-term solutions to violence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls a visit to Pennsylvania's Graterford Prison, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire recalls a visit to Pennsylvania's Graterford Prison, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire talks about Mayor John F. Street
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his challenges as Philadelphia's NAACP president
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Jerome W. Mondesire remembers prominent NAACP leaders
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire reflects upon his life and running for political office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire reflects upon his legacy and describes his children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Jerome W. Mondesire describes how he would like to be remembered