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On Sunday October 4, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) was heartbroken to learn of the death of longtime member J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire. In his passing, we and other journalists remember the man who was always our conscience.

Mondesire, 65, was an early member of PABJ, helping to build the foundation for the organization. He started his journalistic career at the Baltimore Sun as a writer and later at the Philadelphia Inquirer as a city-desk editor. He later became a top staffer for the late Congressman Bill Gray. Mondesire took over the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP in 1991, and was a relentless crusader for human and civil rights. He was an
advocate for the community that he loved as publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and as a community affairs host on WDAS-FM radio show Freedom Quest.

Jerry loved PABJ and PABJ loved Jerry. He was a paid and active member of the organization until his death. He was a vocal member of the PABJ Media Monitoring Committee, and frequently attended PABJ meetings and events. Because of Jerry's allegiance to PABJ, his fiance and longtime PABJ member Catherine Hicks, along with the Mondesire family, requested that PABJ set up the "PABJ J. Whyatt Mondesire Scholarship Fund" to help celebrate Jerry and his love for journalism. PABJ is proud to make it a reality.

PABJ will award the first J. Whyatt Mondesire Scholarship at its annual Awards and Scholarship Gala in 2016. PABJ will administer the scholarship, and with the help of Jerry’s family will announce the selection criteria early next year. In the meantime, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to help establish the fund.

To donate to the J. Whyatt Mondesire Scholarship Fund follow the instructions below:

1. Check Donations. Write checks to "PABJ J. Whyatt Mondesire Scholarship Fund" and mail to J. Whyatt Mondesire Fund c/o PABJ, PO Box 8232, Philadelphia PA, 19101.

2. Online Donations. Go to and send money to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and in the special comments section write: "J. Whyatt Mondesire Fund."

3. Cash Donations. Cash donations can be made at PABJ monthly meetings. Receipts will be provided. Details on the time, location and dates of all monthly meetings are located on the home page under Meetings.

PABJ is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.  All donation to the J. Whyatt Mondesire Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.