Little Known Black History Fact: E. Steven Collins

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A public memorial will be held for E. Steven Collins, a respected radio personality in Philadelphia and member of the Radio One family. He was nicknamed “The Un-official Mayor of Philadelphia.” Collins held a legacy of being a positive influence and beacon of change through his segment called “Philly Speaks.” He served as director of urban marketing and external relations for Radio One 100.3 FM. For thirty-five years, Collins hosted and produced one of the east coast region’s most popular radio talk shows.

Collins passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Monday, September 9, 2013. He was 58 years old.

Collins served on the board of several prominent organizations in Philadelphia: the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Urban League of Philadelphia, the Multicultural Affairs Congress and the Marian Anderson Awards Association. He was appointed chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy by Mayor Michael Nutter.

E. Steven Collins was a native of West Philadelphia. Each year, he helped to plan the annual “Philly’s Men Are Cookin’” event, sponsored by the Ivy Legacy Foundation. He coordinated the annual Black Greek picnic in Philadelphia, Virginia Beach and Long Island, along with Unity Week in Fairmount Park and Unity Day on the Parkway. The events would attract millions of people. The beloved radio jock was part of a delegation of Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, which former President Ronald Reagan honored in a White House ceremony in 1985.

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