NEW YORK, NY—Dale Raymond Wright – devoted parent, sportsman, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and community advocate passed away in the Bronx, NY on December 13th. He was 86 years old.
A US Marine Corps veteran, he proudly served his country during World War II. For 20 years, he owned and operated “Dale Wright Associates” – serving the public relations needs of emerging NY-area Black businesses. He also supported such New York political luminaries as Mayor Edward I. Koch and Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller.
As Associate Editor of Ebony and Jet Magazines, Dale provided office oversight, conceived, planned, wrote and edited news stories and feature articles.
He received numerous journalistic awards including the NAACP and Heywood Broun. Dale’s watershed firsthand account on the misery of migrant farm workers created a furor upon appearing in the New York World Telegram and Sun. This newspaper series was expanded into a book, They Harvest Despair: The Migrant Farm Worker.
The series was twice reprinted in the Congressional Record. Dale worked tirelessly as a member and leader of a host of civic and social organizations such as the AΦA Fraternity Incorporated and the Coalition of 100 Black Men. He will be sorely missed.