City's farewell to Sam Evans

June 20, 2008 4:19:29 PM PDT
He was a political power broker, a civil rights leader, and as Mayor Michael Nutter described him, "a voice for the voiceless." Sam Evans died one week ago, and Friday they had a viewing and public memorial at Philadelphia City Hall.

Sam Evans never held public office.

The civil rights activist, philanthropist, and impresario died last weekend at age 105.

His civic works were hailed by so many during his lifetime.

Evans created educational advancement opportunities for many youngsters, always with a vision of steady progress for people of color.

Evans loved classical music and brought world class musicians to this city as far back as the 1950's, as well as help organize Martin Luther King's march on Washington.

He was a man for all seasons.

Sam Evans' funeral is set for Saturday at the historic Bright Hope Baptist Church, a fitting place for his final goodbye.