Obituaries

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Mary Wilson, a founding member of ‘The Supremes,’ has died

February 11, 2021

Mary Wilson, a founding member of “The Supremes” has died at the age of 76, her publicist told CNN. Wilson “passed away suddenly this evening,” according to a statement from her longtime friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. The singer was at her home in Henderson, NV. She is survived by… [Read More]

Cicely Tyson, purposeful and pioneering actor, dead at 96

February 4, 2021

Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper’s wife in “Sounder,” won a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at age 96. Tyson’s death was announced by her… [Read More]

Baseball and civil rights legend Hank Aaron passes at 86

January 28, 2021

Hank Aaron, one of the greatest players in baseball history who smashed Babe Ruth’s career home run record in defiance of threats to his life and who used his Hall of Fame baseball career as a platform to champion civil rights, died Friday, January 22, 2021 at 86. Jonathan Kerber, the Atlanta Braves’ communications manager,… [Read More]

Delores Wilkins, one of Milwaukee community’s cherished members, passed away on December 21

January 28, 2021

Delores Nicholson Wilkins was born in St. Louis, MO December 26, 1929, to Thomas White Nicholson and Viola Comer Nicholson. As a family, they moved to Quincy, IL in 1932. From Quincy, IL they moved to Milwaukee, WI in 1944. Delores graduated from North Division High School where she excelled in band (clarinet and bassoon),… [Read More]

Eric Jerome Dickey, bestselling author whose novels focused on Black life, dies at 59

January 14, 2021

Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, whose novels depicted romance, erotica and suspense from the Black perspective, including Milk in My Coffee, Sleeping with Strangers and Friends and Lovers, has died. He was 59. He died in Los Angeles on January 3, 2021 after a long illness, his longtime publicist confirmed Tuesday, January 5, 2021. His… [Read More]

In Memory of Those We Have Lost

January 7, 2021

    Photo Collage of people who have passed away in 2020 including Willie Davis, Mike Anderson, Arthur Reid Jr., George Matthews and Dr. Muhammad Sabir.

In Memory of Those We Have Lost

December 31, 2020

Remembering more than 80 famous and noteworthy people who have passed away in 2020.

Charley Pride, a country music Black superstar, dies at 86

December 17, 2020

Charley Pride, country music’s first Black superstar whose rich baritone on such hits as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” helped sell millions of records and made him the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died. He was 86. Pride died Saturday, Decmeber 12, 2020 in Dallas of complications from COVID-19,… [Read More]

Lucille Bridges, mother of anti-segregation icon Ruby Bridges, dies st 86

December 17, 2020

Lucille Bridges, who in 1960 braved a gauntlet of threats and racist slurs to escort her daughter to a formerly all-white school in New Orleans in what became a symbol of opposition to segregation, has died at age 86. Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who walked up the stairs of William Frantz Elementary School six… [Read More]

Rafer Johnson, Olympic gold medalist who nabbed RFK killer, dead at 86

December 17, 2020

Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday, Decmeber 2, 2020. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was announced. Johnson was… [Read More]