February 20, 2006 – As part of its celebration of Black History Month, NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) aired a three minute profile on the late Suffragan Bishop Quintin E. Primo, Jr.
The feature was written and produced by anchor Warner Saunders, who interview Bishop Primo’s son and PCWC chairman Quintin E. Primo III.Â Saunders used numerous vintage photos of Bishop Primo, who was the first African-American Episcopal bishop in Chicago.Â The story outlined Bishop Primo’s progressive nature that reformed the Episcopal Church.
Bishop Primo passed away in 1998.
A memorial service for the first African American Episcopalian Bishop Suffragan, Quintin E. Primo, Jr., one of Chicagoâ€™s most progressive and visionary leaders of the Episcopal Church, will be held this Saturday at 4 P.M. at the Olivet Methodist Church at 147 South Keeler Avenue 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.
â€œItâ€™s an honor to have the community remember my father with a tribute like this,â€ said Center Chairman Quintin E. Primo, III. â€œMy father loved the Primo Center and the surrounding community, so he would be very proud of an event in his honor.â€