Tuesday, June 12, 2007

MBP of the Week: Philadelphia Inquirer

Gladys Cook has sung for 59 years in her church choir in North Philadelphia. So when the church paid tribute to “Mom Cook” on Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer was there.

The newspaper published a feature article about Gladys Cook yesterday.

And it printed a photograph of somebody else, misidentified as “Gladys Cook.”

As a good Christian woman, I’m sure Mrs. Cook will forgive the Inquirer for screwing up her moment of honor.

I, on the other hand, will merely add this to my roster of Misidentified Black People, and wonder how a paper can devote 19 paragraphs to a person and get the picture wrong.

Here is the correction the Inquirer ran today:

“A photo caption with a story yesterday about New St. John Baptist Church choir member Gladys Cook misidentified Williemae Jones, another member of the choir, as Cook. A photo of Gladys Cook appears above.”

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