Obituaries

Philadelphia journalist dies of a deadly ailment affecting a large percentage of black men

Heshimu Jaramogi, a Philadelphia journalist and a former colleague, has died of colon cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths in black men, according to the American Cancer Society. The 67-year-old Jaramogi died Tuesday at his home surrounded by family, according to news reports. He had been president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, receiving its lifetime achievement[Read More…]

U.S. Representative Cummings dies

  Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee investigating President Donald Trump He represented Maryland’s 7th District since 1996.   U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee investigating the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospice. Representative Cummings, who represented Baltimore’s 7th Congressional District since 1996, was[Read More…]

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…]

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…]