WASHINGTON, D.C. — Constance “Connie” Harper, associate publisher and editor of the Call & Post, has passed away.
According to a statement from Harper’s family, she passed away peacefully surrounded by family and close friends Friday night.
The statement says:
“(Her) greatest joy was sharing with others the success, concerns and struggles of Cleveland’s black community as associate publisher and editor of the Call & Post Newspapers…the entire Harper-Trumbo family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Miami Valley Hospital for the care and concern that they showed…during this most difficult time. My family and I find ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from the nation.”
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge released a statement on the news Saturday:
“Throughout her life, Constance D. Harper used her gifts as a journalist, newspaper executive and civic leader to benefit the community and improve the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Though we mourn the loss of Ms. Harper, we give thanks for her many contributions that have enriched so many people in Cleveland and throughout the State of Ohio. As the Associate Publisher and Editor of the Call and Post Newspaper, the largest newspaper serving the African-American community in Ohio, ‘Connie’ Harper was a strong yet compassionate voice to enlighten, inform and entertain. She also gave freely of her leadership skills, serving on the boards of numerous civic organizations in Cleveland. On behalf of the citizens of the Eleventh Congressional District of Ohio, I extend my sincere condolences to her beloved sisters; to her entire family; friends; her extended family at the Call & Post Newspaper; and her alma mater, Central State University. Ms. Harper will be greatly missed. ”