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  Phillips, Channing E.
NameChanning E. Phillips
Washington, District of Columbia , United States
Born March 23, 1928
DiedNovember 11, 1987 (59 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedChronicler
Aug 07, 2008 07:44pm
InfoBorn in Brooklyn NY, the son of a Baptist minister.

Founding member of Coalition of Conscience, a conglomerate of local organizations working to alleviate social problems of Washington, D. C. Also, director, Housing Development Corporation, an association that seeks housing for low-income people.

Pastor of Lincoln Temple, a United Church of Christ congregation in DC.

Chairman of Robert Kennedy's campaign for President in DC, 1968.

Candidate for US President, 1968. When his name was placed in nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, it was the first time in history that the name of a black man was so offered at a convention of a major political party in the USA. He allowed his name to be placed in nomination to show the Democratic Party that "the Negro vote must not be taken for granted."

Represented DC on the Democratic National Committee c. 1970.

Candidate for Delegate (D-DC) 1971; lost the Democratic primary. He was described as the tall and intellectual candidate in the three-way Democratic race.

Later relocated to Manhattan.

Died in the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center of cancer on 11/11/1987. Survived by his wife Jane and children Channing, John, Sheilah, Tracey, and Jill.

New York Times 1/11/1971, 11/12/1987


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