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Michael Langford October 7, 1958 – November 16, 2021 Tributes, praises, anecdotes (some humorous) prayers, proclamations and salutations flowed through southwest Atlanta’s West Hunter Street Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 1 for Atlanta native and social, civil and spiritual icon Michael Langford. The younger brother of the late Atlanta councilmember and Georgia State Senator Arthur Langford, Jr. was called to his eternal rest November 16. Published report | Read more...
Stepson of Atlanta Inquirer’s Hal Lamar Succumbs Final Rites for Atlanta’s Tracy Parker … ”I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody”… Williams Brothers - Malaco Records. The 1985 traditional gospel single was a favorite of Tracy Derwin Parker. But his mother, siblings, family and close friends would take serious issue describing the longtime Louisiana resident as a “nobody.” Parker, born in the city of Independence, Louisiana but | Read more...
Michael Langford October 7, 1958 - November 16, 2021 Long-time Atlanta community leader and activist Michael Langford died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Langford had been a friend to many in Atlanta including members of the Atlanta Inquirer family. Langford had worked within the community with his late brother Arthur E. Langford, who was a Georgia State Senator from 1984 to 1994. Long-time advocate for justice in the Atlanta Child Murders [whereby at least | Read more...
Jovita Moore October 4, 1967 – October 28, 2021 Although Jovita Moore was born in New York and moved to Atlanta in 1998, Atlantans grew fond of her and quickly adopted her as one of their own. Friends, colleagues and fans remember her via social media and news stories. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and a Master’s degree for Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University. Moore worked in New York, and later had a news career in Fort Smith, | Read more...
Ron Loving
Ron Loving July 3, 1942 - October 22, 2021 Ron Loving, former news videographer, Atlanta police officer and Vietnam Veteran died on Friday, October 22, 2021 after a long illness. Many local Atlantans remembers Ron when he lost both of his elderly parents in April 2020. His parents, Dr. Delutha King, Jr. and Mrs. Lois W. King, renown throughout the Atlanta community, both died within a week of one another from COVID-19, noted as two of the first to die in Atlanta, Georgia | Read more...
Morris J. Dillard, Sr.
Morris James Dillard Sr. July 12, 1938 - October 1, 2021 Celebrating The Man, His Life, His Legacy Humble Man of God... Brilliant Thinker... Passionate Organizer... Elegant Linguist... Powerful Orator... Inspiring Educator... Devoted Husband… Father... Friend. The eighth of nine children born to Sarah and Elisha Dillard Sr., Morris was born in Rutledge, Alabama on July,12, 1938, and raised in a farming community east of Rutledge in the small town of Luverne. Morris was | Read more...
Despite being born in the tough New York borough of Harlem and raised in the even tougher neighborhood known as the Bronx, the late Colin Luther Powell, only child of two Jamaican immigrants, got priceless advice, influence and even ultimatums throughout his 84 years of life by a Birmingham, Alabama native, Alfred Parker High school and Fisk University graduate, Alma Johnson-Powell. After meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in 1962 through a blind date, the couple wed August | Read more...
The Atlanta Press Club recently announced that Marshall Latimore, former Editor-In-Chief of The Atlanta Voice, will be inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame on November 11. Latimore died earlier this year on March 10 at the age of 36. He came to The Atlanta Voice in 2017 after serving as the Editor-In-Chief of Nashville’s Stay On The Go Magazine. “The Atlanta Press Club is pleased to recognize the work of Marshall Latimore at our 2021 Hall of Fame ceremony,” | Read more...
Winifred Watts Hemphill, President of Atlanta’s Historic South-View Cemetery, Photo by Horace Henry
As you drive south on Jonesboro Road past the old Clark College and Gammon Seminary campuses you enter the Lakewood Heights section of Atlanta. A block or so past the Blair Village Pawn Shop you can see it on the left side of the street. Many people in Atlanta are not familiar with South-View Cemetery, but for those living in this area of Southeast Atlanta, South-View has been a major part of their lives. In the 1880s, after being unable to enter the front gates of | Read more...
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...

 

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