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Waverly L. Easley
Founding Member and Former Chairman of the Board
Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc.

March 18, 1925 – May 28, 2016


Waverly L. Easley is the former president and CEO of the Philadelphia Tribune.  He was first introduced to the newspaper industry through his mentor, the late publisher Louis Austin of the Black-owned and operated Carolina Times in Durham, N.C.  According to the Philadelphia Tribune, Easley spent 35 years at the Tribune, working his way up the ranks at America’s oldest continuously published African-American newspaper. While at the Tribune, he served as business manager, controller, executive vice-president, general manger and for the last 10 years was the paper’s seventh president and chief executive officer from 1979 to 1989.


Throughout his life, Easley led and served on several boards including being an original founder and board member of the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association, past chairman and board member of the Philadelphia Tribune Charities, board member for the National Conference of Christian Jews and life member and past president of the Zeta Omicron Lambda Chapter of the Alphi Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Born on March 18, 1925, Easley was the fifth of six children. In 1943 he graduated from John M. Langston High School in Danville, Va., then served in the armed forces in World War II, and received the Purple Heart for his heroism on the battlefield.  Upon his discharge from the military, Easley attended the Hampton Institute, now known as Hampton University, and graduated from the college in 1950, earning a degree in business management. While in undergraduate school, Easley married his wife, the former Ruth Coles of Danville, Va. In 1951 Easley continued his education, earning his master’s degree in business administration from Penn State University.

After completing his education, Easley worked at the North Carolina Board of Education as the first distributive education and diversified office practice department head at Hillside High School in Durham. During his role in this capacity, Easley fought biased hiring practices, low wages and meager managerial positions for minorities as he tried to place students as interns in the corporate sector.


Some of Easley’s past affiliations include: the Penn State University Board of Directors for the College of Education, the Philadelphia OIC, Philadelphia Commission on Aging, Philadelphia Boys Scouts of America and the Dr. Ruth Hayre Scholarship Fund. He’s won numerous awards including the Man of the Year Award from the Zeta Omicron Lambda Chapter of the Alphas, the NAACP Leadership Award, the Dr. Ruth W. Hayre Scholarship Fund Achievement Award and the Edyth Ingraham Award from the Omega Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Easley is survived by: his wife of 68 years, Ruth; daughters Raquel and Wyvetta; sister Olga; and nieces and nephews.