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Detroit artist Gilda Snowden joins the ancestors

By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen Gilda Snowden, a matriarch of the Detroit art world, joined the ancestors Sept. 9 at the age of 60. She died of heart failure. An educator, curator, writer and solo exhibitionist, Snowden touched the lives of many throughout the city with her spirit and her wealth of knowledge. Her memorial was celebrated on Sept. 15 at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in De ...

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Charity Mahouna Hicks joins the ancestors

Justice warrior Charity Mahouna Hicks joined the ancestors, July 8, 2014. Hicks was hit by a vehicle in New York City, May 31 which left her in a coma. Hicks is a well known and regarded community activist who was also policy director for the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). Hicks was raised on Detroit’s lower eastside near the Detroit River which contributed to her love for the environme ...

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RIP Ruby Dee Davis, 1922-2014

Over the years, Ruby Dee has become a part of all our lives, because we have watched and identified with her in so many movies and at so many civil rights demonstrations. Despite her fame and artistry, she was extraordinarily unpretentious and could have been our sister, daughter, girlfriend. Ruby loved fresh ideas and was especially fond of Jimmy Boggs. I am not sure how she even knew he was dying, but two ...

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Remembering banking and music business icon Don Davis

Don Davis, pioneering artist and businessman, joined the ancestors June 5 at age 75. Davis was born Oct. 25, 1938 in Detroit. He spent nearly 30 years as chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank, Michigan’s only Black bank. In the 1970s, First Independence played a role in fighting redlining and providing loans to Detroit’s African American community. Davis was also an award winning writer and producer. ...

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Lorenzo Taylor

The portrait of Lorenzo James Taylor, Jr. by the artist Charles McGee was purchased in the late 60s for a few dollars. But even in the festival days, when no one had a lot of money, McGee was great and Taylor had an eye for what was fine in art. The drawing (shown here) recently hung in the entry of the “Taylor Room” at Arts Extended Gallery which was co-founded by a group of 14 teachers in 1958. ...

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Fearless Afro-American foreign correspondent William Worthy dies

William Worthy, a pioneering correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American who defied the U.S. government in the Cold War era to report on Communist Cuba, China, the Soviet Union and Vietnam, died last month at the age of 92. Worthy gained worldwide attention in 1961 when he traveled to Cuba without a passport and interviewed Fidel Castro two years after the Cuban Revolution. He was arrested upon his return ...

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