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Obituary Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Dr. Conrad Worrill

Dr. Conrad Worrill Joins the Realm of the Ancestors

By News & Current Affairs

Dr. Conrad Worrill of Chicago, Illinois founding member and National Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF) from 1985-2009 has made his transition to the realm of the Holy African Egun (Ancestors). Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his wife Mrs. Talibah Worrill, his children, his brother, his grand-children and large extended family. Dr. Worrill’s contributions to NBUF are too numerous to fully account for. However, some efforts…

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Andrea Harris

Andrea Harris and the Fight for Minority Business

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux —  Andrea Harris was not well-known, but she should have been.  She was the co-founder of the North Carolina Institute of  Minority Business Development, an advocate for social and economic justice, a champion for historically Black colleges and universities, and a Bennett Belle (Class of 1970) who passionately loved her college.  After a brief illness and a stroke, she made her transition on May 20.  The…

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Earl Graves Sr.

Earl Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise, passes away at 85

By News & Current Affairs

Black Enterprise Founder Earl Graves Sr. has passed away at age 85, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. By Derek T. Dingle, Black Enterprise — Black Enterprise Founder and Publisher Earl G. Graves, Sr., the quintessential entrepreneur who created a vehicle of information and advocacy that has inspired four generations of African Americans to build wealth through entrepreneurship, career advancement and money management, has died. According to his son, Black…

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The SDPC Mourns the Loss of a Great Leader

By Editors' Choice

Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, October 6, 1921 – March 27, 2020. Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc. General Secretary, the Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers, the Board of Trustees and the entire SDPC network of congregations across the nation mourn the loss of the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a soldier for justice, human and civil rights. Rev. Lowery, who received Samuel DeWitt Proctor’s “Beautiful Are Their Feet” award in 2015, transitioned from…

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., left, meets with the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, center, and the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker at First African Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention on Sept. 25, 1963.

Remembering the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement”

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ellen McGirt — All movements have moments. When it comes to voting rights, Reverend Joseph Echols Lowery was there for most of them. The man who was known as the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement” died peacefully at home last Friday. He was 98. Lowery was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with the Rev. Martin Luther King, and a co-creator of the bus boycott that…

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Kamau Brathwaite

Sir Hilary Beckles hails ‘abeng man’ Kamau

By Commentaries/Opinions

The following statement was issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, on the passing of Barbadian poet and academic, Kamau Brathwaite, who passed away on Wednesday at age 89. We came to know and love Kamau Brathwaite as the keeper of the ‘abeng’, the African inspired use of the conch shell to spread manifesto messages among mountain maroons and their fellow forest freedom fighters. The ‘abeng…

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Kamau Brathwaite

Literary Great Kamau Brathwaite Passes Away at 89

By News & Current Affairs

The numerous stellar awards for his work are testament to the global acclaim and respect earned for decades of exceptional literary craftsmanship. By teleSUR — The literary great and world-renowned poet, the Honorable Kamau Brathwaite, passed away on Tuesday, February 4th, just four months shy of his 90th birthday. Known for his brilliant prose and historical knowledge, Brathwaite became one of the leading voices in the Caribbean, as his works…

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Kobe Bryant

Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Legacy on Basketball and the World

By Editors' Choice

Kobe had a singular impact on his game and the world. By Sean Gregory, TIMES — Kobe Bryant was the fair heir to Michael Jordan, a scoring assassin who could rip a defender’s heart out by way of a devastating dunk, or an elusive fadeaway jump shot from the baseline, his singular work of art. He won five NBA championships, made 18 All-Star teams, won an MVP award, two scoring…

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Jack O'Dell

Jack O’Dell – An Appreciation

By News & Current Affairs

The life and work of Jack O’Dell who died last week at 96 at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia were marked by an unwavering radical vision fused with an immovable partisanship for working people the world over. By James Campbell and Mark Solomon, Portside — Jack’s quietly effective teaching, his strategic acumen, his theoretical insight, his unbending internationalism and his generosity of intellect and spirit inspired and enriched the…

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Sir Hilary Beckles and Cong. John Conyers

Sir Hilary Beckles Pays Tribute to the Late US Cong. John Conyers as a “Champion for Reparations”

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Video/Audio

Conyers was the Longest Serving US Lawmaker Jamaica, W.I. — Reparations activists and advocates across the Caribbean, the USA and around the world are mourning the passing of US Congressman John Conyers who died earlier this week at the age of 90. With 52 years of public service, Conyers was the longest serving congressman of all time. “We at the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) are deeply saddened by the recent…

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