Former Episcopal Bishop Quintin E. Primo, Jr. To Be Honored During Black History Month Celebration

NBC 5 Anchor Warner Saunders To Speak at Tribute

February 1, 2007 – 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 17, 2007 at Olivet Methodist Church at 147 South Keeler Avenue at 3 P.M.

NBC 5 anchor Warner Saunders will be a special guest speaker at the fourth annual event. Saunders is a very big supporter of the center, which is named in honor of the former Bishop Suffragan.

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 Dr. Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 1998.

“It’s an honor to have the community remember my father with a tribute like this,” said Center Chairman Quintin E. Primo, III. “My father loved the Primo Center and the surrounding community, so he would be very proud of an event in his honor.”