Former Virginia NAACP head, Fayetteville State grad Jack Gravely dies


RICHMOND, Va. — Talk radio host and former Virginia NAACP president Jack Gravely has died.

A graduate of Fayetteville State University and UVA’s School of Law, Gravely served as Virginia’s NAACP executive secretary from 1976 to 1985, then as executive director from April 2015 to June of this year.

In 1996 Gravely was named the FCC’s first director of diversity.

Gravely also hosted a talk show on WRVA and most recently WREJ-AM.

For years, he hosted “The Jack Gravely Show” weekdays on Rejoice 990 A-M.

“Richmond has lost a true Freedom Fighter with the passing of Jack Gravely. As a seasoned broadcaster, he worked to lift the consciousness of the public on many important matters. He was a person who had a true heart for all people and the public policy arena has lost a sturdy rudder. My condolences go out to all of his family and friends who have lost this most notable man.”
– Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones

“Jack had a long and distinguished career at the state and local level of the NAACP. The influence of his leadership and advocacy strengthened our organizational foundation. His passing leaves a void not only in the NAACP, but in the extended community at large which he served well.”
– Linda Thomas/ State NAACP President

Jack Gravely leaves behind a wife, three daughters, and loving grandchildren. He was a long-time member and Deacon at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg.

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