Friday, October 14

C. DeLores Tucker - Philadelphia's Finest

R.I.P Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, bell ringer for social change.The civil rights community mourns the passing of political activist C. DeLores Tucker, 78, who died Wednesday near Philadelphia.

Most people may remember Dr. Tucker as the woman who spoke out vehemently against gangsta rap in the mid-nineties, particularly against the NAACP's nomination of Tupac Shakur for an award.

The hip-hop DVD 5 Sides of a Coin takes an unprecedented look at the music from the beginning and includes an exclusive interview with C. DeLores Tucker.  Featured artists include Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jay, Gil Scott-Heron, Run DMC and numerous others.  Click here for details. But the politically aware knew of this firey national champion for the people long before then. In fact, she had close ties to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family -- marched right next to him in Selma.

I had the honor of working with Dr. Tucker a couple of times years ago in her capacity as board chairman and founder of Philly's Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolence. This statuesque woman was no joke. She was graceful and personable, but not at all one to skirt around an issue.

Known for always wearing an elegant turban, she looked more like she'd started out strutting across a models' catwalk than storming the halls of Congress or corporate America. But she didn't. She started out staring down racial discrimination at
the tender age of sixteen.

Job well done, Mother Tucker. In fact, with all due respect, you did it fabulously gangsta -- as one of the boldest and baddest ever. R.I.P.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, she was a serious NO NONSENSE sister. Only in Philly could a sister like her have been so ?strong & unnoticed? !

12:47 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

hey anon,

i agree. c. delores never got the national limelight and praise she deserved. at one point, she headed the democratic national caucus. these days, such folk are political rockstars, all over the media.

last time i saw c. delores was on tv, seated up front on c-span at a condi rice speech. i really liked that she was there supporting the sister, even though politically, they were on different teams.

2:17 PM  

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