Rest In Peace

(from Betty Pleasant at The Wave)

Notable African American and African Passings, 2013

JAMES AVERY, 68; actor, Dec. 31

EUGENE PATTERSON, 89; civil rights leader; Jan. 12

ROBERT CHEW, 52; actor who played Prop Joe on TV’s ‘The Wire’; Jan. 15

JAMES HOOD, 70; integrated University of Alabama student body; Jan. 17

LEROY ‘SUGARFOOT’ BONNER, 69; ‘Ohio Players’ singer Jan. 26

ANN RABSON, 67; pianist/singer; Jan. 30

DONALD BYRD, 80; influential jazz trumpeter; Feb. 4

TIMOTHY BLAIR, 46; rapper ‘Tim Dog’; Feb. 14

OTIS ‘DAMON’ HARRIS, 62; lead singer for ‘Temptations’; Feb. 18

LOU MYERS, 77; stage, film and TV actor; Feb. 19

KENNY CHERRY, 27; rapper ‘Kenny Clutch’; Feb. 21

CLEOTHA STAPLES, 78; eldest of the ‘Staples Singers’; Feb. 21

BOBBY ROGERS, 73; founding member of ‘The Miracles’; March 8

BOB TEAGUE, 84; One of New York’s first Black TV journalists; March 28

BOBBIE SMITH, 76; lead singer for ‘The Spinners’; March 14

LEO BRANTON JR., 91; famed civil rights attorney; April 19

LYNNE DUKE, 57; national/international journalist/author; April 19

RICHIE HAVENS, 72; folk singer who opened Woodstock; April 22

JAMES L. TOLBERT, 86; pioneer Black Hollywood showbiz attorney; April 22

CHRIS KELLY, 34; half of ‘Kris Kross’ rap duo; May 1

CEDRIC BROOKS, 70; renowned reggae musician; May 3

CHUCK MUNCIE, 60; former NFL running back; May 14

FLYNN ROBINSON, 72; former L.A. Laker; May 23

CLARENCE BURKE JR., 64; ‘Five Stairsteps’ lead singer; May 26

TEXAS’ JOHNNY BROWN, 85; blues musician/song writer; June 2

DAVID ‘DEACON’ JONES, 74; Hall of Fame defensive end; June 3

BOBBY ‘BLUE’ BLAND, 83; iconic blues singer; June 23

JIM KELLY, 67; martial arts actor; June 29

WILLIAM H. GRAY III, 71; congressman and political giant; July 1

ZELMA STENNIS, 90; Golden Bird restauranteur; July 2

SIMMIE HILL, 66; Midland basketball legend; July 14

JAMES ‘T-MODEL’ FORD, 93; Mississippi blues legend; July 16

WILLIE LOUIS (AKA Willie Reed) 76; key witness in Emmett Till murder trial; July 18

CARLINE RAY, 88; pioneering jazz musician; July 18

GIGI HINES, 76; blues singer/songwriter; July 22

ALI MAOW MAALIN, 59; world’s last smallpox survivor; July 22

EMILE GRIFFITH, 75; world champion boxer; July 23

STEVE BERRIOS, 68; Afro-Cuban jazz drummer; July 25

LOIS DeBERRY, 68; Tennessee legislator; one of longest serving women lawmakers in the nation; July 28 

DRUNGO HAZEWOOD, 53; Orioles’ player who never got a hit; July 28

GEORGE SCOTT, 69; Red Sox three-time all-star slugger; July 29

JULIUS CHAMBERS, 76; southern civil rights attorney; won eight U.S. Supreme Court cases; Aug. 2

GEORGE DUKE, 67; jazz keyboard legend; Aug. 5

SEAN SASSER, 44; ‘Real World’ MTV star; Aug. 7

LOIS HILL HALE, 78; journalist/political aide; Aug. 8

ALBERT MURRAY, 97; novelist/critic/essayist; Aug. 16

CEDAR WALTON, 79; jazz pianist/composer; Aug. 19

LEE THOMPSON YOUNG, 29; Disney TV star; Aug. 19

LeFRANCE ARNOLD, 60; prominent L.A. realtor; Sept. 3

ALLAN ELLIS, 62; former Bears’ Pro Bowl cornerback; Sept. 18

CECIL FERGERSON, 82; L.A. Black arts curator/advocate; Sept. 18

KEN NORTON SR., 70; former heavyweight boxing champ; Sept. 18

MICHAEL MOSES WARD, 41; at age 13, he was the only child to survive the 1985 police bombing of the black militant MOVE group’s compound in Philadelphia; Sept. 20

L.C. GREENWOOD, 67; Ex-Steelers’ star defensive end; Sept. 29

GLORIA LYNNE, 83; jazz singer; Oct. 8

MAXINE POWELL, 98; ran Motown’s in-house ‘charm school’; Oct. 14

EMILY MASON WARE, 97; Watts area activist; Oct. 25

FRANK WESS, 91; jazz saxophonist; Oct. 30

WALT BELLAMY, 74; all-star basketball player; Nov. 2

RON DUNGEE, 75; journalist/radio broadcaster; Nov. 4

REV. T.J. JEMISON, 95; civil rights leader; led pivotal Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott; Nov. 15         

WANDA COLEMAN, 67; L.A.’s unofficial poet laureate; Nov. 22

DELBERT TIBBS, 74; cause celébre exonerated prison inmate; Nov. 23

CHICO HAMILTON, 92; stellar L.A.-born  jazz drummer; Nov. 26

WILLIAM L. BOOKER, 90; one of the last of the original Tuskegee Airmen; Nov. 30 

TABU LEY ROCHEREAU, 73; international Afro-pop music star; Nov. 30

MARGUERITE POINDEXTER LaMOTTE, 80; Los Angeles school board member; Dec. 5

NELSON MANDELA, 95; iconic apartheid fighter and first Black president of South Africa; Dec. 5

DON MITCHELL, 70; TV’s ‘Ironside’ actor; Dec. 8

RICHARD DEDEAUX, 73; member of ‘Watts Prophets’ spoken word group; Dec. 10

It should be noted that MARSHALL L. “ANDY” ANDERSON, the deputy LAPD chief who broke ranks with then-Chief Daryl Gates and all the other commanders over the killing of Eulia Love in 1979, died Dec. 14 at age 85. 



About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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