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Jack O’Dell, an unflinching foe of oppression, dead at 96

Almost a year ago to the day, I featured Jack O’Dell in the classroom column, which was a rare entry since the focus is usually on the deceased.

In Memoriam: Dr. William Loren Katz

It was about two weeks after I had cited Dr. William Loren Katz in my column in this paper that I learned of his death.

In memoriam: Queen Mother Sybil Claire Williams-Clarke

As a companion, colleague and wife, Sybil Williams-Clarke often stood loyally and lovingly in the shadow of her esteemed husband, Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

Rev. Dr. Lakeesha Walrond president of the New York Theological Seminary

The Trustees of the New York Theological Seminary hosted the inauguration of Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond at Riverside Church.

‘Friday,’ ‘Boondocks’ actor, comedian John Witherspoon dies at 77

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died.

Former Michigan Rep. John Conyers, political icon, dies at 40

Former U.S. Congressman John Conyers, whose 15-year fight to pass legislation that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday, has died. He was 90.

Elijah Cummings laid to rest

The Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and a titan of the U.S. Congress, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), died early Thursday morning, Oct. 17.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, House Oversight Committee Chair, dies at 68

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.

Commander Rocky Robinson of the BedStuy Vollies laid to rest

This past weekend Brooklyn sent home Commander James “Rocky” Robinson Jr., the famous retired FDNY EMT and founder of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated, pioneering actress, dies at 84

Diahann Carroll, the trailblazing actress and first Black woman to star in a non-servant role in a television series has died.

Commander Rocky Robinson of the BedStuy Vollies makes his transition

Brooklyn is saying goodbye to Dr. James “Rocky” Robinson, the founder of the beloved lifesaving Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corp and Retired Capt. of FDNY Bureau of EMS.

Regal grand diva Jessye Norman dead at 74

Opera singer Jessye Norman has died.

Harlem commemorates Robert Mugabe, former president of the Republic of Zimbabwe

New Yorkers came out to commemorate the liberation struggle legacy of the former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.

Thanking the Rev. Wendell Foster

At Walker Memorial Baptist Church on Sept. 14, 2019, New Yorkers fondly remembered the Rev. Wendell Foster, who passed away at the age of 95. The Bronx borough’s first Black citywide elected official (he was elected to the City Council ...

US civil rights advocate Juanita Abernathy dies at 88

Juanita Abernathy, who wrote the business plan for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and took other influential steps in helping to build the American civil rights movement, died Thursda

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