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Once more in one month, the grim reaper has visited the hallowed campus of Atlanta’s Morehouse College. On May 7, political science guru Dr. Tobe Johnson (class of 1954) graduated to his heavenly reward. And now, 22 days later, Friday, May 29, 21-year basketball head coaching legend Grady Lewis Brewer earned his wings following an undisclosed illness. He was 63. Homegoing arrangements had not been finalized as of the writing of this article June 1. A native of the | Read more...
C T Martin Funeral, Photos Courtesy of the Atlanta City Council
The Honorable C. T. Martin Laid to Rest April 5, 1937 - May 8, 2021 A Legacy of Service and a Champion for Minority Businesses Atlanta, Georgia (May 18, 2021) - Former Atlanta City Council Member C. T. Martin passed away earlier this month surrounded by his family at his home in Southwest Atlanta at the age of 84. The Atlanta community came out to pay its final respect to this great man affectionately known as the “Dean” of the City Council. Martin was honored in a | Read more...
The late Publisher of The Atlanta Inquirer newspaper John B. Smith, Sr. (1935 - 2017) and the late Clarence T. "C. T." Martin (1937 - 2021), Photo by Horace Henry
Councilmember C. T. Martin Succumbs at Age 84 April 5, 1937 - May 8, 2021 By Hal Lamar On a sunny but chilly February afternoon in 2017, 10th district Councilmember Clarence “C. T.” Martin joined residents of southwest Atlanta in announcing their attempt to stop construction of a Family Dollar store at the corner of Benjamin E. Mays Drive and Fairburn Road right across the street from the former Southwest Community Hospital. “When I looked up and saw the building | Read more...
Washington, DC - November 8, 1992: Vernon Jordan Jr., the head of U.S. President-elect Bill Clinton's transition team, tells reporters that he has no time to talk. Jordan was leaving NBC's Washington studio after appearing on "Meet the Press." Photo credit: JENNIFER LAW/AFP via Getty Images
Another Distinguished Native Atlantan Transitions Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. August 15, 1935 - March 1, 2021 Not even racially charged insults, taunts, boiling mad and racially tinged mobs, a bigot’s assassination attempt or moments of isolation could sway Atlanta native and one-time public housing resident Vernon Eulion Jordan, Jr. from achieving personal success for himself but moreover the race in the civil rights, social/human rights and legal theaters. It would climax | Read more...
Bronze Art of Reverend Hosea Williams, Photos by John B. Smith, Jr.
Bronze Art of Civil Rights Leaders Along Atlanta's Mozley Park Corridor City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Created by sculptor David Alan Clark, the four bronze sculptures memorialize local Civil Rights leaders Dr. Rita Samuels, Dorothy Lee Bolden, Reverend Hosea Williams, and William Alexander Scott II. During Black History Month, the City of Atlanta installed four new benches featuring life-size bronze sculptures of local Civil Rights leaders Dr. Rita | Read more...
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Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron, born in Mobile, Alabama, on February 5, 1934, died peacefully on January 22, 2021 at his residence in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. Aaron was famously known as a baseball right fielder who served as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League, from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career | Read more...
Physical distancing measures and the current restrictions on large group gatherings have left many to consider alternative approaches to commemorating the death of a loved one. Normally at a time of loss, a funeral, burial or celebration of life would occur, where individuals gather together to pay final respects to the deceased and support the bereaved. Awareness of virtual funerals is growing as demand for remote services has increased island-wide. A virtual funeral is | Read more...
Charley Frank Pride, Thomas “Tiny” Lister COVID Claims Two More Lives of Prominent Entertainers The grim reaper, now known in many circles as the COVID-19 virus last week claimed the lives of two prominent Americans-an actor-pro wrestler and a pioneer Country and Western performing sensation. At Inquirer press time, homegoing services (if any) had not been announced by the families of Charley Pride or Thomas “Tiny” Lister. Much like the demises of notables like John | Read more...
Winston L. Minor January 22, 1948 - November 20, 2020 In 1973, six months after finishing at Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High school and studying at Florida A&M University, Winston Minor returned to his native soil and was confronted by a former BTW classmate Richard Tillman about applying for a job with the Atlanta Fire Department. “My response was, I don't want to be no fireman,” he reportedly said. But Tillman kept prodding. Minor gave in, took and passed the | Read more...
Leading Black Atlanta Optometrist and Activist Transitions C. Clayton Powell, Sr. April 11, 1927 - October 23, 2020 By Hal Lamar, a former patient The first pair of eyeglasses I ever wore was prescribed to me from the man who’s transition I now mourn. Dr. Cleo Clayton Powell, Sr., also lovingly known as Dr. C. Clayton Powell, Sr., one of this city’s most intrepid human beings, notwithstanding his skills as a pioneering optometrist, passed away on Friday, October 23, | Read more...
Jean Byrd Lee Bowen Rollins May 12, 1913 - September 21, 2020 Born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 12, 1913 to Walter Scott Lee, Sr. and Bertha Byrd (Lee) as the second child of three, “Mimi,” as she is fondly known by everyone, never lost the spirit of youth. After graduating from Collinwood High School, she attended and graduated from Wilberforce University with a degree in Elementary Education. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Education (Cum Laude) from Wilberforce | Read more...

 

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