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Honoring a revolutionary healer

Elizabeth Marie Jones-Gidney El-Bey, M.D., was memorialized at the Shrine of the Black Madonna on April 5, celebrating the extraordinary life of a leading doctor of holistic health and medicine. She was born on Feb. 15, 1938, and joined the ancestors on Dec. 20, 2013. The gathering of family, friends, patients and peers honored the loving, gentle spirit of Dr. Gidney, who in her life became a pioneer of nat ...

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Remembering Chokwe Lumumba

I first met Chokwe when he was an activist at Western Michigan University. He would often come to Wayne State where I was teaching to meet with other activists on campus. The late, radical attorney Kenny Cockrel was his idol and that may have been one of his reasons for later setting his goals on a law career. During our rallies on campus, which seemed to happen almost daily, he was often among the speakers ...

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South African literary giant and Pan Africanist makes his transition

Friends of scholar and activist Mbuelelo Mzamane, first post-apartheid vice chancellor and rector at the University of Fort Hare, teacher of literature and African studies at universities in Southern Africa, West Africa, the U.S., Europe and Australia, are recalling the accomplishments of their colleague who passed suddenly at the early age of 66. Mzamane was scheduled to chair a panel discussion at a confe ...

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Joining the ancestors: Margaret E. Waterman

Margaret Elizabeth Waterman (Grand Ma Rae' Rae') has joined the ancestors. She joins her husband, parents, eight siblings and four of five children. Words can not express our sorrow. Rest in Love. If only your physical heart was as strong and righteous as your spiritual heart. If only love could keep you here forever, but eternity is not ours to give. Only God! ...

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Rev. Joseph R. Jordan, influential pastor, dies

Rev. Dr. Joseph Ralph Jordan, pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church in Hamtramck, died at the age of 77 on Monday, February 3rd at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit. He served as Corinthian’s pastor for 40 years. Rev. Wayne Little, senior associate pastor of Corinthian reflected, “Those he touched will remember him as a servant, teacher and a man with a Pastor’s heart.” He distinguished himself as a man w ...

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Ghanaian journalist who inspired younger writers is remembered

An accomplished and much-admired news writer from Ghana was recently recalled as “the face and voice of Africa — a new young, enterprising, internationally-connected, ambitious Africa, with a can-do attitude.” Komla Afeke Dumor passed unexpectedly this week at age 41 from cardiac arrest at his London home. ...

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Bishop Nkenge Abi

Bishop Nkenge Abi came into this world Juanita Deloris Kristine Jones Nov. 28, 1952 in Chicago, Ill. She was the first of five children born to John and Sophia (Griver) Jones. Raised by her grandmother Christine Anderson, Juanita grew up in the Catholic faith. Even at a young age, she recognized the chasm between the tenets of Catholicism and her family life in the projects of Chicago. Confronted by blatant ...

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