Amsterdam News’ Wilbert A. Tatum Dies

Leading African American journalist leaves great legacy

media outlets, having bought, along with partners, WLIB and WBLS in New York City in 1972. These stations became the flagships of the Inner City Broadcasting Corp., with stations in California, Michigan, Texas, Indiana, as well as corporate stock ownership of the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

Funeral plans have yet to be finalized, but Sharpton said he is working with the family to repatriate Tatum. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

“When I think of trailblazers who set the bar of integrity for black journalists the name that tops the list is Wilbert Tatum,” said Barbara Ciara, president of the National Association of Black Journalists. “He let nothing or no one stand in the way of shining a spotlight on truth, and that light often opened the door to justice. While we mourn his passing, his legacy lives on.”

Wake
Thursday, March 5 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Provenzano Lanza Funeral Home
43 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Phone Number: (212) 473-2220

Funeral services
Friday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10027
212-870-6700

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