PCWC Celebrates Black History Month By Honoring Former Chicago Episcopal Bishop Quintin E. Primo, Jr.

February 21, 2005 – A memorial service for the first African American Episcopalian Bishop Suffragan, Quintin E. Primo, Jr., one of Chicago’s most progressive and visionary leaders of the Episcopal Church, will be held this Saturday, February 26, 2005 at the New Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church located at 4301 West Washington in Chicago.

Primo was the Bishop Suffragan in Chicago for 13 years and co-founder of the national union of Black Episcopalians. During his tenure he was known as a leader who marked his church and era with a relentless insistence on human rights. He was a bridge builder between the races and stood up for what was right even when it meant standing alone.

The civil rights leader died on Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 1998.

The tribute to the founder of the Primo Center for Women and Children features:

• Guest Speaker State senator Rickey R. Hendon
• U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis
• A Mass Choir and gospel choir of community voices
• Primo Center resident children speak about what the center means to them

In addition to the ceremony, from 1:30 – 3:00 at the Primo Center for Women and Children, located at 4241 Washington Blvd, Chicago storyteller Donna Johnson of the non-profit organization, “Hug-a-Book” will read “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt” to the children of the homeless shelter. The children will also learn how to make a freedom quilt of their own!