PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations issued the following statement regarding the death of J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire, former head of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP and past member of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He died Sunday, Oct. 4.
“Jerry Mondesire’s passion for justice and elevating the next generation to be conscious crusaders for human relations may be his greatest legacy. In his work life and volunteer life – often they melded together – he advanced the cause of equality. And he did this not just here in Philadelphia but throughout the state, both through the NAACP and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, where he served as a member.
“The clarion voice to do what is right is always needed, and for many years Jerry provided that voice. As a community, that loss stands to be great.”