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Charles Pete Banner-Haley

editor, publisher, and lawyer, was born in Camden, South Carolina, the son of Charles Rhodes and Laura Boyd, former slaves. Rhodes moved from South Carolina to Pennsylvania, where he attended college at Lincoln University. He received a BA from Lincoln in 1921. Rhodes pursued legal studies at Temple University and received his LLB in 1924. In 1926 Rhodes was admitted to the Philadelphia bar.

In 1922 Rhodes became the editor of the Philadelphia Tribune. He served in that capacity until 1941, at which time he became the paper's publisher, a position he held until the end of his life. Also in 1922 Rhodes married Bertha Perry of Philadelphia, daughter of the paper's founder and publisher, Christopher J. Perry. A member of the small black upper class often labeled the “Old Philadelphians,” Perry had started the Tribune in 1884 as a ...