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LaGrange Mayor Willie T Edmondson, taken in July 2023, Photo by John B Smith, Jr.
Reverend Dr. Willie T. Edmondson, LaGrange’s First Black Mayor, Dies January 24, 1954 - February 16, 2024 LaGrange, Georgia’s first Black mayor, Reverend Dr. Willie T. Edmondson, died on Friday, February 16, 2024. He had just taken office as mayor, less than a year ago, on March 27, 2023. He had more than 30 years of spiritual and civic leadership. Edmondson served as a councilman for LaGrange for 24 years before being elected mayor. The mayor had been hospitalized | Read more...
Dexter King Book Cover
Dexter Scott King January 30, 1961 - January 22, 2024 Seventeen years after Yolanda Denise King (d. May 15, 2007), first child of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wife Mrs. Coretta King passed to her heavenly reward, the grim reaper dealt this inner-family yet another crushing blow via the death of their second son and third child Dexter Scott King. “He transitioned peacefully in his sleep at home with me in Malibu [California],” said Dexter’s wife of 13 years | Read more...
Diane Powell-Larché
April 9, 1958 - January 12, 2024 Well-known Atlanta public relations and communications columnist and servant Diane Powell-Larché passed away on January 12, 2024. Over the years, she had contributed various writings and public relations community content to The Atlanta Inquirer as well as other publications and businesses. Funeral arrangements were handled by Murray Brothers Funeral Home, 1199 Utoy Springs Road SW in Atlanta, Georgia 30311. There was an Omega Omega | Read more...
The entertainment and social justice communities are still mourning the passing of Arthur Leon Burnette, affectionately known by many as “Mr. B,” who died on Christmas Day 2023 at the age of 72. The beloved visionary, event producer and impresario helped ignite the careers of renowned figures such as Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, The Brothers Johnson, L.A. Reid, Eric “ET” Thomas and others. Family, friends and industry leaders gathered last Sunday to honor his life and legacy | Read more...
Dr. Alfred D. Wyatt, Sr., Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.
Inquirer Friend, Band Leader and Educator Succumbs Alfred Dyonisius Wyatt, Sr., Ed.D December 15, 1928 - September 30, 2023 Alfred Dyonisius Wyatt, Sr., Ed.D, the last of 14 children, was born on December 15, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia to John F. Wyatt, Sr. and Lillie Bell Wyatt. At an early age, Dr. Wyatt became active at Cosmopolitan AME Church. Later, he joined Allen Temple AME Church where he joined the choir and became a trustee. Wyatt also entered the workforce | Read more...
Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond (left) and others gather at the unveiled historical street marker honoring Lottie Watkins. Photo by Horace Henry.
During the 1960s, she ruled the Atlanta Real Estate market in the African-American community. Lottie Watkins grew up in Atlanta, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, and graduated from Reid's School of Business. She worked as a secretary for the Alexander-Calloway Realty Company and as a teller at the Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association before starting her own business. As the founder of Lottie Watkins Enterprises, Watkins became the first Black | Read more...
James F. (Jim) Maddox, Atlanta’s Longest-serving City Council member, Dies at Age 88; Photo on right by John B. Smith, Jr.
“Dean of the City Council” and “Community Caretaker” James F. (Jim) Maddox, a stern support of our senior citizens and our youth, had stated that we must “keep supporting and mentoring young people.” Maddox was elected to public office in 1977 and served the people of Atlanta with distinction. He retired in 2009 after 32 years of leadership. Maddox served as the chair of Atlanta’s Community Development and Human Services committee, created the city’s E-911 system, | Read more...
Goodbye ‘Bo-legs’ Atlanta Native Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. Laid to Rest February 10, 1941 – July 5, 2023 Political, social, fraternal, athletic and just plain regular folks congregated Friday, July 28th at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to bid a final farewell to Atlanta native Marvin Stephens Arrington, Sr. “It has been said that great leaders don’t mind getting their hands dirty,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “Marvin embodied that spirit. He came straight | Read more...
By Reverend Jacqueline Williams There are seven characteristics of a virtuous lady. Dignity, Patience, Diligence, Generosity, Courage, Wisdom, and Devotion. A “virtuous lady” has high moral standards. These characteristics exemplifies Dr. Christine King Farris unselfish acts, public services, and dedication to the world! Dr. Christine King Farris passed on June 29,2023 at the age of 95. Dr. Christine King Farris was the oldest sister of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King | Read more...
Christine King Farris Viewing at the Georgia State Capital, Photos by Lashley / Zeriba Media
Dr. Christine King Farris Lying in State at the Georgia State Capital ... as we remember her journey and the road she walked. Photos by Lashley / Zeriba | Read more...
Events, Celebrations of Life, Tributes for Dr W. Christine King Farris and Marvin Stephens Arrington, | Read more...
Mrs W Christine King Farris in the Mountain, Photo by Horace Henry; and Isaac Farris, Christine King Farris, Angela Farris, Bernice King at 95th Birthday Celebration on September 11, 2022 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Photo by John B Smith, Jr
September 11, 1927 - June 29, 2023 The Atlanta Inquirer was there as Dr. Willie Christine King Farris and friends and family gathered on September 11, 2022 to celebrate her 95th birthday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Though she was known as the sister to the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she was heavily involved as a Civil Rights activist herself… along with her parents, brothers and sister-in-law Coretta Scott King. She died in Atlanta on | Read more...

 

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