Bailey remembered as fearless and uncompromising
Slain journalist Chauncey Bailey
was remembered today at a memorial service in Oakland.
Photo courtesy Oakland
By Jeff Shuttleworth
August 8, 2007
Slain journalist Chauncey Bailey was remembered today at an
overflow memorial service attended by more than 500 people as
a hard-working, fearless and uncompromising reporter serving the
black community in Oakland.
Bailey, 57, was walking from his home near Lake Merritt to the
Oakland Post at 405 14th St. when he was shot multiple times and
killed near the corner of 14th and Alice streets shortly before
7:30 a.m. last Thursday.
Oakland police say Devaughndre Broussard, a handyman for the
Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, admitted that he killed Bailey
and said he did so because he thought Bailey had "slandered"
the bakery in several articles.
Father Jay Mathews, pastor of St. Benedict's Church, which was
the church that Bailey attended and the site of today's service,
described the journalist as "an intelligent, articulate,
often-uncompromising black man who said what he thought."
Referring to the apparent targeted killing of Bailey, Mathews
said, "We see what happened to those who stand up for right
and just and good."
Paul Cobb, the Oakland Post's publisher, drew a standing ovation
from the packed church when he vowed, "The world will know
what Chauncey and I were working on" before Bailey was gunned
down, even though he said the newspaper was still receiving threats
as recently as yesterday.
Cobb said, "I am asking all of you, especially the news
media, to donate some time to help us complete his (Bailey's)
body of work."
Cobb added that just as the late soul singer James Brown had
a reputation as being the hardest-working man in show business,
Bailey was "the hardest-working man in the news media"
because he worked in television and for other newspapers in addition
to his day jobs at the Oakland Tribune and later at the Oakland
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums also promised that "we won't be
cowered by fear" in addressing the issues that Bailey was
investigating when he was killed.
Referring to a recent surge in homicides in Oakland, Dellums
said, "This madness must end and together we must do it."
He said that as mayor, "I am diminished by every death"
in the city.
Among those attending today were Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland,
Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, City Council
members Larry Reid and Nancy Kernighan, Alameda County Supervisor
Keith Carson, Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi, San
Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and BART interim general
manager Dorothy Dugger.
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