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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...
John Lewis; Atlanta Inquirer June 29, 1963, Page 12
Atlanta Inquirer Historical Tribute to John Lewis From The Atlanta Inquirer Vault From The Atlanta Inquirer newspaper • November 24, 1962 • Page 9 : Members of the staff and Executive Committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) cluster around a 1963 Buick station wagon which was presented to the anti-segregation group by a well wisher after a benefit concert for SNCC in Chicago. From left to right: Clarence Glenn, Louisville; John Lewis, | Read more...
On Friday, July 17, 2000, the world was shocked when we received the news that two noted Civil Rights leaders, United States Congressman for Georgia, John Robert Lewis, and Reverend Dr. Cordy Tindell “C. T.” Vivian both had died. John Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 in Troy, Alabama, one of ten children, to Willie Mae Carter and Eddie Lewis and served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death. An | Read more...
Reverend Dr. Cordy Tindell (C. T.) Vivian
C. T. Vivian’s Place in History is Secure! By Bunnie Hayes Jackson-Ransom First Class, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia https://www.FClassInc.com/ Special Correspondent to The Atlanta Inquirer Dr. Vivian was a walking-talking history book. Maybe I know this because our paths cross so very much lately. We show up at the same community events. I have visited him in his home library/office – which is another amazing experience. He was a dearly beloved friend. What a life this | Read more...
Bettie Ann Pace (Mother Pace) December 11, 1937 – July 7, 2020 Written by Sunshine Lewis, at the request and approval of the Pace Family. The City of Atlanta and the entire Gospel industry mourn with the Family of Mother Bettie Ann Pace, mother of the world-renowned Grammy- and Stellar- Nominated “Gospel Anointed Pace Singers” who passed on July 7, 2020. She was surrounded by love from her 9 surviving daughters, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren & other loving | Read more...
Joseph Fitzhugh (October 26, 1926 - May 7, 2020)
Inquirer Mourns the Loss of Friend, Coach Joseph Fitzhugh October 26, 1926 - May 7, 2020 By Kandace Carty and John B. Smith, Jr. Joseph Fitzhugh was born to Ella Mae Deans McGinty and King David Fitzhugh on October 26, 1926 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the youngest of two children. Joseph Fitzhugh graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Atlanta, Georgia in 1947 after being drafted into the U. S. Army in 1945. In 1948, he enrolled at Fort Valley State College | Read more...
Noted East Point-based, Atlanta-born Pastor, Succumbs James Adam “Jimmy” Wilborn Jr. February 29, 1948 - May 11, 2020 Good-natured likeable minister and pastor James Adam “Jimmy” Wilborn, Jr. would often be good-naturedly teased about his birth date of February 29, 1948 with having been “leap year day.” Technically, with his birthdate falling every four years, his friends would jokingly celebrate that he was “actually only 19 years old.” Sadly, this “leap year” | Read more...
Michael D. “Mike” Murrell August 1, 1954 - April 28, 2020 After fighting COVID-19 on a ventilator for over thirty days, Michael D. “Mike” Murrell, 65, dies from the deadly virus though he had no underlying health conditions. Generous and beloved Murell lived in Stone Mountain Georgia and was the owner and manager of Murrell’s Café, southern cuisine restaurant and catering business which was a prominent fixture on the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) campus | Read more...