|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1933|
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 2011|
Whether he was regarded as a friend or foe for his editorial stances, Sam Logan often earned the trust, respect and admiration of his contemporaries no matter where he stood on sensitive political, educational and social issues of the day.
The longtime publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, the state's largest African-American newspaper and a fixture in Detroit journalism for nearly 40 years, Mr. Logan died Wednesday at his home in Detroit. He was 78.
Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer recalls Mr. Logan being a staunch ally of the city.
"During my time as mayor, I found Sam to be very knowledgeable and concerned about the many critical issues facing the citizens of Detroit," said Archer. "He always felt it imperative that stories regarding the city be objectively written and reported. Not one to pull any punches, he was always straightforward and made sure public officials understood what should be done to improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit."
The Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP, said Mr. Logan and the Michigan Chronicle are responsible for empowering a community that oftentimes views itself as powerless.
"To call Sam an icon in the world of journalism is really an understatement," Anthony said in a news release issued Wednesday. "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."
Born in Colquit, La., to a family of sharecroppers, Mr. Logan picked cotton as a youth and came to Detroit at 14 with his mother and brother.
Mr. Logan graduated from Commerce High School in 1950 and served in the Army as a paratrooper prior to receiving a business degree from the University of Detroit in 1973.
After working in public relations for two local radio stations, he took a job with the Michigan Chronicle in 1961 as an assistant advertising manager and held a series of jobs from delivering newspapers, to production and marketing to reporting until he was named publisher in the mid-'80s.
Mr. Logan was named Publisher of the Year by the National Newspapers Publishers Association in 1993 and was inducted into the University of Detroit-Mercy College of Business Administration Hall of Honor this year.
Mr. Logan is survived by four children, Diane Taylor, Rhonda Terry, Tierra Logan and Rashad Logan.
Visitation is noon-9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols, Detroit.
A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.
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