Memorial service for Alex Poinsett scheduled

Acel Moore remembered

Alex Poinsett, journalist and award-winning author, has died
Alex Poinsett, journalist and award-winning author, has died

A memorial service will held for National Association of Black Journalists co-founder Alex Poinsett Saturday, March 26 in Chicago.

The service is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. It will be held at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Mr. Poinsett, who was 89 years old, died October 23, 2015, in Seasons Hospice in Chicago.

He wrote for Jet magazine and he was senior editor of Ebony Magazine.  Both publications are owned by Johnson Publishing Co. He worked by Johnson Publishing Co. 26 years before joining Johnson Products Co., a Chicago-based black-owned hair-care products company.

He was the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed “Walking with Presidents: Louis Martin and the Rise of Black Political Power.”

The National Association of Black Journalists was founded on Dec. 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., by 44 African-American journalists. Paul Brock, one of the co-founders, talked about Poinsett.

“We argued over the things NABJ should be and shouldn’t be,” Brock said.

Acel Moore
Acel Moore

Memorial services are being held shortly after Acel Moore, also a co-founder of the NABJ, died. Mr. Moore won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977  for investigative reporting for the Philadelphia Inquirer. The stories depicted the abuse of inmates at Fairview State Hospital.

In 1973, Mr. Moore founded the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists with Chuck Stone and Claude Lewis. Their work laid the groundwork for the National Association of Black Journalists.

I last saw Acel in 2010 at the NABJ’s conference in Philadelphia. He was confined to a wheelchair after a botched back surgery.

When I joined the Philadelphia Daily News in 1979, Philadelphia Inquirer’s tabloid sister paper, Acel treated me with a great deal of kindness, which I never will forget. He invited me over to house to meet the papers’ other black reporters and editors. I didn’t realize it then, but it was a very kind gesture for  someone who was new in town.

Mr. Moore died February 12 at his home in Wyncote, Pa. He was 75.


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