Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Sullivan Principles

Principled Activist

Portrait photograph of Leon Sullivan

Leon Sullivan(Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Leon H. Sullivan was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on October 16, 1922. Active in the civil rights movement from the early 1940s, he consolidated the gains of his selective patronage program by founding an international network of community-based job skill training programs, the Opportunities Industrialization Centers or OICs, among many other organizations and institutions. Awarded fifty honorary degrees and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, Leon Sullivan left a powerful legacy of faith-based pan-Africanist activism. He died on April 24, 2001, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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