The Apollo family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the Honorable Percy E. Sutton–a visionary, a true champion of civil rights, and one of our greatest statesmen. Throughout his life, Mr. Sutton showed a profound devotion to Harlem and New York City. In keeping with his commitment to the Harlem community, Mr. Sutton purchased the Apollo Theater in 1981 and proceeded to restore and revitalize the Theater. The Apollo and its staff stand on the shoulders of Mr. Sutton as the Theater continues to flourish today in this, our 75th anniversary year. Our sympathy goes out to the entire Sutton family. Mr. Sutton will be greatly missed and will always be an integral part of the Apollo legacy.
- Jonelle Procope, President & CEO, The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc.