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East Harlem: The Pope's 'most important stop'

On a park bench outside a Manhattan housing project, Jenny Ortiz, 65, remembered the day she and several parishioners were led out of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in handcuffs.

Pope Francis gets political in Washington debut

Pope Francis immediately dove into the whirlpool of U.S. politics on Wednesday,

East Harlem’s Saint Cecilia’s parish introduces immigrants, refugees due to meet Pope

At East Harlem’s Saint Cecilia’s parish, Catholic Charities Monsignor Kevin Sullivan recently introduced groups of Central American immigrants and refugees who will meet the Pope.

A compassionate conclusion: Helping New York City’s homeless

“God Forgive Us for Making People Invisible” was the title of a sermon I preached about Lisa, a homeless woman in our community who had sadly passed away. Lisa, who suffered from mental and substance abuse illnesses, would stand in ...

Our common home and Pope Francis

From Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home,” we have a template on what may be the content of his discussions during his visit to the U.S.

Long live Huey P. Newton

Revolutionary activist Dr. Huey Percy Newton was fatally shot at 47 years of age Aug. 22, 1989, on Center Street in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood of West Oakland, Calif.,

Donald LeSessne Miller passes

A trailblazer has passed away and left a host of memories for us to cherish, including a life of accomplishments and service. Donald LeSessne Miller passed away Aug. 29.

Dr. William Grier, co-author of ‘Black Rage,’ dead at 89

At the peak of David Alan Grier’s popularity as a cast member of the television show “In Living Color,” it was rarely mentioned that he was the son of noted psychiatrist William Grier.

Civil rights icon Amelia Boynton Robinson passes at 104

Back in June, when Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson appeared at the United Palace House of Inspiration in Washington Heights, she regaled the audience with historical memories, none more exhilarating than her own legendary place in the Civil Rights Movement.

Helen Burns Jackson, movement matriarch and mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, passes at 92

Over the past two or three weeks, the nation has mourned the passing of notable civil rights icons. Monday, Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the ancestors.

Famed Rep. Louis Stokes dead at 90

Ironies abound in the remarkable life and legacy of Louis Stokes.

Toni Parks-Parsons, daughter of Gordon Parks, dead at 74

In several ways, Toni Parks-Parsons personified her famous father, Gordon Parks. She was a photographer, an artist and a musician deeply committed to African-American life and culture. Parks-Parsons died Aug. 24 in England.

Frank Petersen, first African-American Marine aviator, dies

Frank Petersen, the first African-American Marine aviator has passed away.

Memorial celebration for Brook Stephenson Aug. 29 at Medgar Evers

The life of nonprofit founder and author Brook Stephenson will be celebrated Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. at Medgar Evers College

First World Alliance co-founder Sister Kefa joins the ancestors

After being hospitalized for the past several months, lifelong activist Sister Kefa Nephthys joined the ancestors last Wednesday, Aug. 12.