Concerned Black Men, Inc. of Philadelphia "Caring for our youth" ...since 1975

The sunset of CBM Chairman

Harvey Crudup

Notice to CBM members and friends,

It is with much sadness and heavy hearts that we the members of the Philadelphia chapter share the news of the passing of Harvey Crudup our friend, mentor, brother in light, chairman and co-founder of Concerned Black Men Inc.

Harvey passed away early Wednesday evening after a brief and unsuccessful battle with Stage-four cancer. 

In addition to CBM, Harvey was very active in several other organizations.  He was president of the Cheltenham PA chapter of the NAACP, Grand Secretary of his Holy Royal Arch Masonic Lodge.  He was a retired PA Deputy Police Commissioner and retired Executive Director of the Philadelphia Youth Study Center.

Harvey in his earth-bound life was an excellent example of a concerned Black Man and will be missed dearly.  May he rest in peace, travel joyously and continue to shine light as he continues his journey on the path that God has illuminated for him.

Funeral Services:

Thursday September 17, 2015

at Bethlehem Baptist Church

712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House, PA 19477

Viewing: 10:00 - 11:00 AM  

Service:11:00 AM


CBM, Phila Chapter

The Obituary 

Harvey L. Crudup was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1936. He was the middle child of Horace and Leara Crudup. Harvey was educated in the Philadelphia school system, and he graduated from Central High School. During his career he attended Harvard University and Temple University, and completed many professional courses including the Emergency Management Institute and the Black Law Enforcement Executive Training Institute. 

He was baptized at an early age and joined a church that he attended faithfully until it unfortunately burned to the ground. On December 5, 1970 Harvey married the love of his life Ms. Nona T. Turner in Staunton, Virginia. They gave birth to one son, Harvey S. Crudup, nicknamed Dooley. 

As a young man, Harvey was honorably discharged from the United States Army. He served as an instructor of land mine warfare and explosives with the 644th Combat Engineers during the latter part of the Korean War. 


Harvey began his professional career at a dry cleaner store where he worked as a presser, but soon he would find his true calling when he was appointed to the Fairmount Park Police on October 20, 1958. He worked hard and was promoted to Park Police Sergeant on December 1, 1969; and promoted again to Lieutenant in July of 1979. His professional career took off like a rocket when in August of 1982 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 39th Police District. Harvey made history when he was promoted to the lofty rank of Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department on June 20, 1984. He was only the second Black in the history of the Philadelphia Police Department to hold that rank. He would serve as Deputy Commissioner until March of 1988, when he was appointed Executive Director of the Youth Study Center. In March of 1989, he returned briefly to the Police Department as a Civil Service employee. Harvey would end his stellar police career on April 14, 1989 when he retired from the Philadelphia Police Department.


In addition to his professional exploits, Harvey remained very active in social and civic organizations as well. In 1975, as a young police officer, Harvey and four other policeman lamented the gang violence that had been plaguing the community, and sought to do something about it. They decided to form an organization dedicated to combating the violence and to serving our youth ImageThis organization came to be known as Concerned Black Men. The first event they held was a city wide battle of the bands. CBM procured volunteers from the police and fire departments to act as security for the event, which went off without a hitch. The organization founded by those 5 policemen would become an international nonprofit operation, and go on to have 31 chapters throughout the United States as well as the Bahamas and South Africa. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Concerned Black Men, Inc. His involvement in the community wouldn't stop there. Harvey continued to work tirelessly for the community and to improve his corner of the world. He would join and serve several civic organizations. Since 2001 Harvey served as the President of the Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP He was the past President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).  Harvey was also the President of the Philadelphia Seminar, an African American Think Tank organization and he was Program Chair of the Phila/Montco Branch of ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life & History. 

Harvey was active in Prince Hall Masonry, where he was a member of Light of Elmwood Lodge No. 45. His Masonic love was the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons of Pennsylvania (PHA), where he served the Most Excellent Grand Chapter as Right Excellent Grand Secretary and as Editor of the Triple Tau newsletter for approximately twenty years. He was a Past High Priest of King Solomon Chapter No. 1. 


Harvey was preceded in death by his daughter Wanda Renee Crudup, sister Hattie Jackson, brother Thomas Crudup, Sr., and his nephew Thomas Crudup, Jr. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Nona T. Crudup; son Harvey S. Crudup; a grandson Jules Sterling Crudup; a beloved and faithful nephew, Michael A. Paige; nephew Cowey Jackson; nieces, Sharon Simmons, Marie Crudup and Joy Crudup; great nieces, Trina Bethea and Tonya Bethea; great nephew Roy Bethea; an extended list of great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Order of Service 

Organ Prelude 

Processional Clergy & Family 

Closing of the Casket 

Hymn of Comfort Jesus Keep Me near the Cross 

Scripture Reading 

Old Testament - Psalms 23 

New Testament - 1 Corinthians 15: 50-55 

Prayer of Comfort 

Musical Selection Brian Michael Evans 

   Minister of Music "If I Can Help Somebody" 

Acknowledgements, Condolences, Frederica D. Hale, Secretary 

Resolutions Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP 

Remarks (2 Minutes Please) 

Reading of Obituary Frederica D. Hale, Secretary 

Cheltenham Area Branch NAACP 

Musical Tribute Brian Michael Evans,  

   Minister of Music 

Eulogy Reverend Charles W. Quann, Pastor 

Bethlehem Baptist Church 




Fairview Cemetery 

1511 Twinning Road 

Willow Grove, PA 19090