says that at Harlem identity
funeral in January 2010, US Attorney General
Eric Holder eulogized the man often described as one of his mentors.
Speaking to the people gathered in the church’s
pews, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called
Sutton “one of the nation’s true heroes.”
“I admired, respected and worked for him,”
Holder said of Sutton, who died on December
26, 2009 in Manhattan at the age of 89. “The
opportunities given to my generation were paid for
by his…Without him, there would be no me.”
Holder, a native New Yorker, continued, saying,
“Generations of other African American lawyers stand
on his strong, broad shoulders.”
He then read a statement from President
Barack Obama, who called Sutton’s death “an enormous loss.”
“Percy’s passion for justice began at an early
age and never wavered,” Obama said in a statement,
recounting an incident when Sutton was beaten at age
13 for passing out NAACP leaflets in a white
neighborhood. “It was an experience that gave him
strength and determination to stand up for what he
Both men, Obama and Holder, indeed owe a
debt to Percy Sutton. Holder, a young black radical
who put on a suit and tie to penetrate the
establishment, no doubt owed Sutton for for advice.
After all Sutton had tread the same path.
Obama’ owed Sutton, at least partially for the
education, without which he almost certainly never
would have risen to the heights he has.
In a televised interview in 2008 on New York’s all news cable
channel, NY1, Percy Sutton, a former borough president of Manhattan and
a credible mayoral candidate in 1977, made some interesting revelations
about his links to the young Obama.
Sutton told NY1 reporter Dominic Carter on the
show “Inside City Hall”: “I was introduced to
(Obama) by a friend who was raising money for him.”
He asked Sutton to write a letter in support of
Obama’s application to Harvard Law School.
“The friend’s name is Dr.
Khalid al-Mansour, (formerly Donald Warden,
Black Panther Party founder
Huey Newton and his associate,
Bobby Seale) from Texas,” Sutton said. “He is
the principal adviser to one of the world’s richest
men. He told me about Obama.” The man Al-Mansour was
referring to was Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Sutton recalled that al-ansour said that “there
is a young man that has applied to Harvard. I know
that you have a few friends up there because you
used to go up there to speak. Would you please write
a letter in support of him?” Sutton did.
The story is given credibility by a November 1979
column by Chicago Tribune columnist
Vernon Jarrett with the title “Will Arabs Back
Ties To Blacks With Cash?”
The late Vernon Jarrett was the father-in-law of
Valerie Jarrett, who would go on to become
Barack Obama’s closest friend and White House
adviser. Mr. Jarrett was was a former Chicago
communist and a colleague of
Frank Marshall Davis, the former Chicago
journalist and Communist Party activist who moved to
Hawaii in the late 1940s and years later befriended
Madelyn Dunham and their daughter Stanley Ann,
mother of Barack Obama.
DaDavis is known to have taken an active role in
the rearing of young Obama from the age of 10 until
he turned 18 and left Hawaii for his first year at
Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1979. That was
the same year al-Mansour was seeking Arab financial
support for students such as Obama.
Vernon Jarrett’s column details how al-Mansour
told him about a proposal he made to OPEC
Secretary-General Rene Ortiz regarding a
program to spend “$20 million per year for 10 years
to aid 10,000 minority students each year, including
blacks, Arabs, Hispanics, Asians and native
These minority students would then migrate
through the political system promoting Palestinian
and radical Islamist causes. Al-Mansour told Jarrett
that the program had been endorsed by Ortiz and
other OPEC administrators.
The Obama/Frank Marshall Davis connection was
first revealed during an event at the Tamiment
Library in New York where the archives of the
Communist Party USA, were put on display. These
remarks were delivered by Communist Party connected
Gerald Horne (then publicized by this writer) on
March 23, 2007.
Interestingly Sutton’s own communist connections
were revealed, also at the Tamiment Library, at an
October 28, 2006, event entitled “James and
Esther Jackson, the American Left and the Origins of
the Modern Civil Rights Movement”.
Three panels of academics and activists delivered
papers illuminating the lives of Black Communist
James Jackson and his wife
Esther Jackson, “their co-workers and the
struggles in which they participated that helped
shape developments in the United States from the
late 1930s to the present”.
Though New York based the Jackson’s spent much of
their youth agitating among Black communities in the
South, including with several well known Civil
rights activists including
Rosa Parks of “Montgomery Bus Boycott” fame.
James and Esther
Jackson with fellow communist W. E. B. DuBois
Communists, or former communists
Maurice Jackson and
Charlene Mitchell delivered papers and spoke
at the event. Communist Party leaders
Debbie Amis Bell and
Daniel Rubin were also among the attendees.
Percy Sutton also gave a paper on the
Percy Sutton, former Manhattan borough
president, took the floor and spoke of his
long association with and appreciation of
the Jacksons. This began in Texas where
Sutton grew up in a family of 12, half of
whom became Communists.
It wasn’t revealed which half of the family
Percy Sutton belonged to, but his future
activities are certainly a strong indication.
Before he became a Manhattan businessman and
politician, Sutton was a Tuskegee Airman and
intelligence officer during World War II, a man
“pushed north by the Jim Crow diaspora, a civil
rights activist jailed in the prisons of the
South, and a lawyer to
After moving to New York, Sutton became
a “grandee in the most sophisticated and
influential black political club in New York
He also became a millionaire, owner of what
were at one time the city’s two most influential
black radio stations, the WBLS hit-maker on FM
(107.5) and the “intensely, incessantly
political” WLIB (1190 AM).
While a rising star in Democratic Party
politics in Harlem, Percy Sutton never forgot
his far left roots.
Sutton was among the first voices raised
against the Vietnam War, surrendering his
delegate’s seat at the 1968 Democratic
convention in protest and supporting anti-war
George McGovern four years later against
incumbent President Richard Nixon.
April 16, 1975, Percy Sutton, Manhattan
Borough president, was on the Current List of
Sponsors of the Communist Party front
National Coalition to Fight Inflation and
A brochure announcing a
National Conference for a Drastic Cutback in
Military Spending, to be held on April 5-6,
1975, at the LaSalle Hotel, Chicago, was printed
by the National Conference on military Spending
Military Spending Organizing Committee, of
156 Fifth Avenue, Room 716, NYC, NY, 10010. The
printing Bug was that of the Communist Party’s
Prompt Press, 209.
Sponsors of the event included Percy E.
Sutton, Manhattan Borough President.
Future New York Mayor
David Dinkins rose through the Democratic
Party organization in Harlem and became part of
an influential group of Black politicians who
Charles Rangel and Percy Sutton. This tight
knit group was to dominate Harlem politics for
Of the five, David Dinkins and Denny Farrell,
a prominent New York state legislator , were
long time members of the US’s largest Marxist
Democratic Socialists off America.
Basil Paterson was a founding member of the
National Conference of Black Lawyers, a far
left group, self decsribed as the ‘legal arm of
the black revolution” and directly affiliated to
the Soviet front
Basil Paterson’s son
David Paterson, briefly Governor of New York, is a
veteran of events such as the 1985 “Conference on Socialism and
Activism” and a 1998 Communist Party sponsored event celebrating the
centennial of the birth of Communist Party member
– who reportedly advised his friend and comrade Frank Marshall
Davis to move to Hawaii.
Charles Rangel, a long serving Democratic Congressman was also a
founding member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. He has a
history of supporting Communist Party causes going back decades
and in the 1970s was associated with the Soviet front
There has obviously been a long term program by pro-Soviet
communists to promote sympathetic politicians to positions of power in
the Democratic Party.
Percy Sutton was clearly connected to that program and possibly to a
similar, possibly interrelated program run by Saudi/Islamic interests.
Both the Soviets/Russians and the Saudis have long both supported the
anti-Israel , pro-Palestine cause, so Saudi/Soviet cooperation in
attempting to influence US politics would not be improbable.
Percy Sutton’s role in the rise of both Barack Obama and Eric Holder
deserves much deeper scrutiny.