Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman and activist, dies at 75

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ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Bond’s life traced the arc of the civil rights movement, from his efforts as a militant young man to start a student protest group all the way to the top leadership post at the NAACP. Year after year, the calm, telegenic Bond was one of the nation’s most poetic voices for […]

Dr. Henry T. Sampson, Jr. Gamma-Electric Cell Inventor Remembered

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(CBM) – Dr. Henry T. Sampson, Jr., a living legacy will be remembered during a memorial service planned at Rolling Hills Covenant Church (North Campus) in Rolling Hills Estates, CA on July 11, 2015. Sampson remembers a career day at Morehouse College that changed his life and, “Contrary to what you read on the Internet, I […]

Remembering Lu Vason, Founder of all-Black rodeo Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

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CALIFORNIA (CBM) – Cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Lu Vason, the creator of one of America’s longest running all-Black touring rodeos, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Vason, who had just celebrated his birthday in April, was 76. Longtime friend and California Rodeo Coordinator, Margo Wade LaDrew states of Vason: “Over […]

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully […]

Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The former four-term mayor will long be remembered […]

Beloved Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen, the charismatic and beloved pastor of Bayside of South Sacramento (BOSS), passed away Wednesday of a heart attack, church officials said. He was 54 years old. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Carthen, and children, Anthony and Siobhan. Memorial details are not yet available. Bishop Carthen was well-known […]

Deacon Jones of Famed Fearsome Foursome Dead at 74

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WASHINGTION – David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. “Deacon Jones was one of the […]

Observer Co-Publisher Kathryn C. Lee passes at 77

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SACRAMENTO – She was a contestant in the Miss Amigos pageant in Sacramento in 1954, but those who knew her said her true beauty lie in her ability to help provide opportunities for other African Americans in the region. Kathryn C. Lee, co-publisher of the Sacramento Observer Newspaper, passed away peacefully at her home on […]

Tuskegee Airman & Community Leader George W. Porter Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Every year during Black History Month, George Wyatt Porter would visit schools and participate at events around Sacramento to tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen are African American soldiers who overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups during World War II. It […]

Ohio Players Frontman ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner Dead

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CINCINNATI – Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio. He was 69. The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as “Love Rollercoaster,” ”Fire,” ”Skin Tight” and “Funky Worm.” […]