Obituaries

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Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate who transfigured American literature, dies at 88

August 8, 2019

Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who conjured a Black girl longing for blue eyes, a slave mother who kills her child to save her from bondage and other indelible characters who helped transfigure a literary canon long closed to African Americans, died Monday, August 5, 2019, at a hospital in the Bronx. She was… [Read More]

John Singleton, ‘Boyz n the Hood’ director, is dead at 51

May 2, 2019

John Singleton, a versatile director who made a splash with “Boyz n the Hood” and went on to a variety of projects — including “2 Fast 2 Furious” — has died after suffering a stroke. He was 51. The director, who had been in a coma since suffering the stroke on April 17, died Monday,… [Read More]

Longtime Milwaukee journalist Greg Stanford dies at 72

April 11, 2019

Gregory Stanford, a columnist for the editorial pages of The Milwaukee Journal and Journal Sentinel who worked diligently to build bridges, highlight hope and lessen Milwaukee’s racial disparities and injustices, died Saturday of lung cancer. He was 72. Stanford’s career spanned four decades, first as a reporter, then as an editorial writer and columnist for… [Read More]

Longtime youth and children’s advocate Gwen T. Jackson passes

March 28, 2019

On Monday, March 25, 2019, Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center released a statement on Facebook® announcing the passing of long-time advisory council member and local child and youth advocate Gwen T. Jackson at age 90. The posting stated: “We are deeply saddened to announce our long-time Advisory Council member, Gwen T. Jackson, passed away… [Read More]

Remembering Those We Have Lost In 2018

January 17, 2019

Leeotis Carr Jr., Kenneth Colin Hill, Allen Munson, Renee Love, Montrell Dion Henning, Mother Alenetta Hogans, Dianne Lynn Dodd, Raymond L. Velazquez, Magnolia Brown, Marilyn Evonne Connor,Willie Ruth Smith, Jennifer V. Francis, Curtis “King Curt” Williams, Vernon Rodney Drew, Bertha Lean King, Jack J. Sims, Keith Maddox, Erick Charles Crooms, Alice Nowlin, Yvette Robinson, Gerladine… [Read More]

Remembering Those We Have Lost in 2018

January 10, 2019

Nathan Conyers, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Winnie Mandela, Dennis Edwards, Vel Phillips, Ron Dellums, Betty Nabors, Ruthie Sherrod-Davis, Brian Jerome Evans, Sterling Price Hayman III, Farice Marie Clayton, Rev. Dr. Amanda Gray, Robert E. Williams, Nellie Durrell, Kirthan A. Henderson, Nathaniel Brown, John C. Wilturner, Michael A. Word Sr, Darrick A. Sellers, Ricky Adams, Yvonne… [Read More]

Ntozake Shange, who wrote the influential play ‘For Colored Girls,’ has died at 70

November 8, 2018

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, died Saturday, November 3, 2018 according to her daughter. She was 70. Shange’s For Colored Girls describes the racism, sexism, violence and rape experienced by seven black… [Read More]

Remembering Aretha Franklin as a civil rights icon

August 31, 2018

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black U.S. president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. “She not only provided the soundtrack for the… [Read More]

Paying final R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the ‘Queen of Soul’

August 23, 2018

Aretha Franklin, the self-taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter who first conquered the charts in the late ’60s and never relinquished her throne, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist confirmed to PEOPLE Magazine. She was 76. “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we… [Read More]

Long-time Milwaukee community and religious leader, Betty Nabors, passes

August 10, 2018

Mrs. Betty Jane Logan Nabors, a longtime educator and religious leader in the Milwaukee community, peacefully passed away in St. Louis, MO on August 2, 2018. Born on September 20, 1940, and reared in Richmond Heights, MO, Mrs. Nabors earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a minor in music, and a… [Read More]