Obituaries

Robert Mugabe, leader of Zimbabwe, is dead

Mugabe earned seven academic degrees, including a law degree from the University of London. He was one of the world’s most-educated leaders Robert Mugabe, long-term president of Zimbabwe, who was condemned and punished by Western nations for transferring fertile farmland seized by whites to blacks during British colonial rule of the country, then known as Rhodesia, has died. Mr. Mugabe,[Read More…]

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Joan Johnson, cofounder of Johnson Products Co.

After George and Joan Johnson divorced, she sold the company to Ivax Corp. for $60 million, which led to the couple’s reconciliation   Joan B. Johnson, who cofounded Johnson Products, the Chicago-based black hair care products company, with her husband, George Johnson, has died. Mrs. Johnson, who was 89, died Friday from a combination of the medical ailments, stemming from[Read More…]

Dr. Carl C. Bell

  Dr. Carl C. Bell  Memorial services recently were held for Dr. Carl C. Bell, a black psychiatrist, based in Chicago. Dr. Bell was a visionary, academic, author, founder and director of a large mental health clinic on Chicago’s South Side that served African Americans.   He sounded the alarm about Black on Black crime, which receives less extensive media attention[Read More…]

Kenneth Gibson, former mayor of Newark, New Jersey

Kenneth Gibson, the first black mayor of Newark, New Jersey, died March 29 in a rehabilitation center from an undisclosed illness. He was 89. Voters elected Gibson, a structural engineer, mayor in 1970, defeating incumbent Mayor Hugh Addonizio, who resorted to scare tactics to frighten white into not voting to elect Gibson. Addonizio was on trial for corruption toward the[Read More…]

Albert Finney

Albert Finney, one of the great actors of all time, has died. He was 82, and he suffered from kidney cancer. His death was announced on Friday, February 8th. Finney’s first major role was in 1960 in the film “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,” one of the early British dramas about angry young men. In 1968, I believe Finney reached[Read More…]

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager of a major league baseball team, died Thursday in Los Angeles after a long illness, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. He was 83. Mr. Robinson walked into MLB’s history books on April 8, 1975, when he gave the lineup card to the home plate umpire as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in front of[Read More…]

Tuskegee Airman dies

  Wilfred Defour, an aircraft technician for the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War 2, was recently found dead in his Harlem, New York, home. A  home health care worker found Mr. Defour’s body in the bathroom. He was 100 years old. Foul play was not involved. While in the service, Mr. Defour painted the tails of the aircraft from[Read More…]

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