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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...
The Notorious R.B.G. Dies at Age 87 March 15, 1933 - September 18, 2020 “The gender line helps to keep women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage,” she constantly reminded all that she encountered. Justice Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her older sister died when she was a baby, and her mother died shortly before Ginsburg graduated from high school. Neither of Ginsburg’s parents could afford to attend college, but they taught the | Read more...
Purpose-Driven Chadwick Boseman Dies at 43 Known to many as a great actor, Chadwick A. Boseman was also the epitome of a role model, leader and activist. He died on August 28, 2020, at the age of 43, after a four-year, quiet battle with colon cancer. Boseman was born on November 29, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in Directing from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2000. Phylicia Rashad was a teacher and mentor to | Read more...
John R. Lewis, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Atlanta Inquirer, August 7, 2010. Photo by John B. Smith, Jr.
Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Troy, Alabama and Selma, Alabama 10 am - 11 am (Central Time) A Service Celebrating “The Boy from Troy” Trojan Arena, Troy University This ceremony is open to the public, but seating is limited. Participants must obtain a ticket in the parking lot of the arena upon arrival to enter the facility. Due to the needs required to maintain social distancing, only 800 public seats are available. 11 am - 2 pm (Central | Read more...