| Sep 22, 2010
Ronald W. Walters
Scholar, author and political analyst
Ronald W. Walters, 72, a longtime political analyst and scholar at Howard University and the University of Maryland who was a leading expert on race and politics, died Sept. 10 at a hospital in...
| Aug 28, 2011
When Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to borrow $800 from his family to found Motown Records in 1959, he knew that the most formidable resistance would come from his oldest sister, Esther.
"You're 29 years old and what have you done with your life?" his sister...
| Jan 6, 2012
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Robert L. Carter, who as an NAACP civil rights attorney was an architect of the legal strategy used in the cases that led to Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional, has...
| Jan 9, 2012
Raymond L. Johnson Sr., an attorney, civil rights activist and former Tuskegee Airman, died Dec. 31 in Los Angeles of complications of pneumonia and heart failure, said his wife, Evelyn. He was 89.
Johnson, who practiced law for nearly 50 years, was a...
| Dec 29, 2008
Martha S. Putney, a retired historian at Bowie State and Howard universities and the author of a book about African American women who served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, died Dec. 11 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a...
| Nov 12, 2008
Like everyone else at the Old Dominion Literary Festival, Southern California poet Douglas Kearney had turned his ringer off. So when a stranger called and left an undecipherable message, Kearney, preparing for his reading, didn't think much of it. As a...
| Oct 10, 2009
Actress in action serials
Pamela Blake, 94, a B-movie actress known for her roles in such late 1940s action serials as "Chick Carter, Detective" and "Ghost of Zorro," died of natural causes Tuesday at a Las Vegas care facility, her family...
| Jun 8, 2009
Dr. Henry Lucas, a Republican activist who was one of the first African Americans to serve on the Republican National Committee, died Tuesday in San Francisco after suffering a stroke. He was 77.
Lucas, a Bay Area dentist for five decades, met Ronald...
| Jul 5, 2009
Words failed Roslyn Haywood-Broadnax, and that doesn't happen often. Her eyes softened and she pointed to the ceiling -- or, rather, through it, toward the heavens.
Her three oldest are grown and gone, one a mental health counselor, one a hospital...
| Jul 25, 2009
E. Lynn Harris, a bestselling author of popular black fiction who shattered barriers by writing about gay characters in novels such as "Invisible Life" and "Just As I Am: A Novel," died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He...
| Aug 2, 2009
When Kafele H. Sims joined the Army a decade ago, he trained to become an Airborne Ranger, specializing in firing mortars designed to blow up enemy soldiers and equipment.
"He was all beers and bullets," recalled his wife, Masako.
But a foot injury...