Rev. Logan set the bar for religion section

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One of the most popular sections of the Courier was the religion section and for many years the lead writer and editor of these pages was Rev. Bert H. Logan.

The late Rev. Logan was the man behind the Pittsburgh Courier’s religion pages during the 1950s and ’60s. He was a Baptist minister with a love for the Lord, people and his job.

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COURIER LEADERS—Rev. Bert Logan, religious editor, right, back row, stands with other Pittsburgh Courier staff. Standing from left: Photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, Managing Editor Frank Bolden and City Editor and writer Ralph Koger. Sitting, from left: writer and columnist Hazel Garland; writer John L. Clark and columnist and writer Willa Mae Rice.

“He was delighted to work as the religion editor for the Pittsburgh Courier because he had been in the religious field forever, so it was just fitting,” said his daughter, Sue Lockett. “He was the religious editor for a long time.”

Reverend Logan also covered religious news and events in the local and national Black communities. He often covered church conventions and even after his position as religious editor ended, he would appear as a guest columnist in the section.

“He was proud to work for the Courier,” Lockett said. “He loved his job and going about the country and being involved in the church.”

Reverend Logan was born in Richmond, Va. and was a devoted husband and father of three children—two sons and a daughter. He raised his family in the Rankin area and was a minister at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Rankin, where he also preached his trial sermon. He served as a deacon and superintendent of the Sunday school.

Family was very important to Rev. Logan, Lockett said. He always stressed the importance of education. “My father was a wonderful father,” Lockett said. “He was very involved in our lives, especially school. He went to all our meetings. He always told us, ‘you go to school to learn.’

“We read the Courier all the time. My father was always getting newspapers, however back then there were paperboys who delivered the newspaper,” she said. “Getting the Courier was the highlight for the Black community.”

While Lockett admits that she was too young to grasp the full importance of what her father did, she was very proud of him.

Along with family and the church, Rev. Logan was very involved in politics. He was the chairman of the Rankin Colored Democratic Organization, ran for state legislative of the 10th District, a member of the Men and Women’s Political Organization of Allegheny County and served on many boards, such as the National Congress of Christian Education and sat on the executive board of the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP.

Reverend Logan was the sort of person who cared about people and their right to freedom and justice. When asked why her father cared so much and did the work he did, Locket said, “That is just the type of man he was.”

With his humble ways, Rev. Logan touched so many people, especially Willa Mae Rice, former religious editor and writer under Rev. Logan. In her column, “From This Pew,” she would often mention things about Rev. Logan and his character.

In her Nov. 15, 1979 column, she wrote “…Bert is one of the nicest people I know…He was one of my strongest supports in the transition between his and my position as church news editor.”

“(He) has served the church community long and well and we should not forget him,” Rice wrote in her April 7, 1979 column.

Although he is not here to celebrate the Pittsburgh Courier’s centennial, ­Lockett said Rev. Logan would think it was wonderful for the paper to see 100 years, especially with a society that is fascinated with television and the Internet.

Whether in the community, church or politics, Rev. Logan was a dedicated man and put his all into everything he did. He is one of the reasons why the Pittsburgh Courier is able to celebrate 100 years of influence.

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