Area Obituaries

Passing of Mary Wilson, Founding Member of The Supremes

Mary Wilson, founding and original member of The Supremes, passed away suddenly this evening according to a statement from her longtime friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz. She was at her home in Las Vegas, NV. She was 76. She is survived by: her daughter Turkessa and grandchildren (Mia, Marcanthony, Marina); her son, Pedro Antonio Jr and grandchildren…

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BERRY GORDY STATEMENT ON PASSING OF MARY WILSON

I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes. The Supremes were always known as the “sweethearts of Motown.”  Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960’s.  After an unprecedented string of number one hits, television and…

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Farewell To One of the Greatest Actresses of All Times, Cicely Tyson

By Gloria Zuurveen Editor-in-Chief  “I come from lowly status. I grew up in an area that was called the slums at the time,” “I still cannot imagine that I have met with presidents, kings, queens. How did I get here? I marvel at it.” Cicely Tyson spoke these words when she was presented with an…

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Family Announces Private Funeral Service for Hon. Gwen Moore 

      By Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media A private homegoing celebration for the Hon. Gwen Moore is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Angelus Funeral Home in Los Angeles, her family has announced. Immediately following the funeral service, the internment, open to the public, will take place at Inglewood…

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Charles Evers, Civil Rights Activist and Politician, Dead at 97

Charles Evers passed away this week. He was 97. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis) by  Geoff Pender, Mississippi Today Civil rights activist and politician Charles Evers, brother of slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers, died Wednesday morning in Brandon, his family said. He was 97. “The world lost a fearless Civil Rights leader this morning,” a statement from his…

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A Real Fighter for the People, the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian,1924-2020

Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian was born on July 30, 1924 in Howard County, Missouri. As a small boy he migrated with his mother to Macomb, Illinois, where he attended Lincoln Grade School and Edison Junior High. Vivian graduated from Macomb High School in 1942 and went on to attend Western Illinois University in Macomb, where…

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Congressman John Lewis dies at the age of 80

By Roz Edward From The Atlanta Daily World ATLANTA, GA — Seventeen-term Georgia Congressman John Lewis, often referred to as “a living saint,” died Friday night following a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Lewis was a member of the “Big Six” leaders of the 1960s civil rights movement and spent his life fighting for racial integration.…

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