Year in review: July-December

Special to AmNews | , Cyril Josh Barker | 5/23/2013, 2:52 p.m.

President Obama hosts a Black reporters roundtable on Air Force One. AmNews reporter Herb Boyd is among the journalist on board.

New York State Rep. Carolyn Maloney uses the "N-word" during an interview quoting a comment made by someone she spoke with about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Famed Black scholar and Harvard University professor Henry "Skip" Louis Gates is arrested outside of his own home in Cambridge, Mass., by a white police officer. Gates, who locked himself out his house, was trying to break into his house and was charged with disorderly conduct. He accuses the officer of racial profiling. President Obama invites Gates and the arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley, to the White House to discuss the incident over a beer.

Known as "Rev. Ike," the Rev. Frederick Joseph Eikerenkoetter II of the Christ United Church dies at age 74. A judge rules that the FDNY uses discriminatory testing and recruitment practices to exclude qualified people of color the opportunity to serve as New York City firefighters. The Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of Black firefighters, originally filed the suit.

Author E. Lynn Harris dies at age 54. The Harlem Branch Library celebrates 100 years. Boxer and humanitarian Vernon Forrest dies at age 38.


Bronx native Sonya Sotomayor is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the first-ever Latina justice.

Harlem Week celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Black supermodel Naomi Sims dies at age 61.

New Yorkers who are on government assistance get a share of a one-time grant for back-to-school purchases for their children. Thousands of EBT cardholders flood check cashing centers to get the money. President Obama's stimulus package and the Open Society Institute provide the grant.

Juanita Young, the mother of police brutality victim Malcolm Ferguson, alleges that NYPD officers raided her home while her family was having a barbecue. Six of her family members are arrested.

A manhunt is on for an accused rapist in Harlem after two women are raped in a 10-day period.

The officer accused of fatally shooting NYPD officer Omar Edwards, Andrew Dunton, is not indicted for the "friendly fire."

DC37 announces they will endorse Bill Thompson for mayor.

Guitarist Les Paul dies at age 94 and drummer Rashied Ali dies at age 76. Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy dies at age 77 after a long battle against brain cancer.

The Los Angeles County coroner announces that Michael Jackson's death is being ruled a homicide. A search warrant indicates that Jackson's death was caused by a lethal mix of the prescription drug propofol, a powerful anesthesia. Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, becomes the subject of an investigation.

A celebration takes place in Brooklyn's Prospect Park on what would have been Jackson's 51st birthday. Thousands of fans from across the city attend the event hosted by filmmaker Spike Lee.


Millions of spectators and political candidates come out to the 42nd annual West Indian Day Parade taking place in Brooklyn.

Michael Jackson is laid to rest during a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif.