Sam Logan, longtime iconic Michigan Chronicle publisher, dies at the age
29, 2011) Sam
Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, one of the nation's largest
and oldest African-American newspapers, died Wednesday at his home in
Detroit. He was 78.
For nearly 40 years, Logan championed the interests of Detroit's
African-American community, gaining the respect and admiration of allies
and foes for his pioneering and formidable efforts in journalism and
"To call Sam an icon in the world of journalism is really an
understatement," said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit
branch of the NAACP. "Historically, our community has been able to count
on the Chronicle to get news and views that are not often reported from
the perspective of the people, in the major press. We will never forget
his historic contribution."
The Michigan Chronicle announced funeral services for Publisher Sam
Logan will be held on Friday, January 6th at 10:00 a.m. at Greater Grace
Temple located at 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit. Rev. Charles
Adams, pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, will officiate the
funeral. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 4th, from Noon to 9
p.m. and Thursday, January 5th, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Swanson
Funeral Home, 14751 McNichols, in Detroit.
the same time, the paper announced that Hiram E. Jackson (left), chief
executive officer of the Chronicle's parent company, Real Times Media,
will serve as interim publisher of the Chronicle to assure a smooth and
orderly transition in leadership at the paper. Real Times acquired the
Chronicle and several other newspapers from Chicago-based Sengstacke
Enterprises Inc. in 2003.
"It is with profound sorrow that we confront the passing of our friend
and colleague, Sam Logan" said Larry Crawford, chairman of the board for
Real Times Media. "No words can adequately express our sadness. We will
honor his memory by continuing to grow the newspaper he loved so much.
"The first step in that process is naming Hiram Jackson as interim
publisher to assure that Sam's mission of publishing a vibrant newspaper
that serves Detroit is carried on."
"The state of Michigan has lost a giant," said Jackson. "Sam's
dedication to the Michigan Chronicle was matched only by his passion for
tackling tough issues for the betterment of the community to which he
dedicated his life. I am humbled to be asked by the board to carry on
his mission on an interim basis. I do this knowing that Sam's first
order to all of us at this time of great sorrow and loss for all of us
would be to focus on continuing to get his newspaper out on time. We
are going to do that."
As publisher of the Michigan Chronicle for more than four decades, Logan
was no stranger to controversy. He often unabashedly expressed strong
views on hot-button issues. He was most known for being a leading voice
on many critical matters such as Detroit Public Schools, race relations
and the future of Detroit. He was once quoted as saying, "I don't worry
about whether you agree or disagree or whether you like it. All I want
to know is when I put something in writing, are you thinking? And if
you're thinking, then I've accomplished my objective."
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