Harlem’s Samuel Riley “Silent Sam” Pierce, 1922 – 2000

New York City -- Donald S. Stralem, Chairman of the New York City USO Committee, announces that Judge Samuel Riley Pierce, Jr. of the Court of General Sessions has accepted his invitation to serve as a member of this Committee. January 05, 1960. (Photo by Barney Stein/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)

Samuel Riley Pierce, Jr., September 8, 1922 – October 31, 2000, was a Harlemite who was Ronald Reagan‘s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from January 23, 1981 until January 20, 1989. Continue Reading →