Memorial at City Hall for civic leader

June 20, 2008 5:54:43 AM PDT
A viewing and public memorial for political, civil rights and entertainment leader Samuel Evans will take place at Philadelphia City Hall. Evans died Friday. He was 105.

Mayor Michael Nutter tells KYW-AM he "immediately said yes" when he received a call from Gov. Ed Rendell's office. Nutter says, "Sam Evans is such an incredible life story, a true hero and champion to so many Philadelphians."

He was a longtime activist and political power broker who founded anti-violence and youth mentoring programs, brought world-class musicians to the Academy of Music and organized Philadelphia's 43,000-member contingent to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march on Washington.

The viewing will begin at noon Friday in Conversation Hall on the second floor of City Hall.