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South African short-story writer to be reburied after long exile

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may decide the final resting place for Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa, a South African short-story writer, now buried in Ferndale Cemetery, Queens, New York. Born May 2, 1937 in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, he moved to Johannesburg to work as a journalist for Drum magazine. He was the first Black journalist to work at the Rand Daily Mail where he provided a Black perspective for th ...

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8-year-old hero laid to rest

Eight-year-old Martin “Marty” Cobb and his 12-year-old sister had a special bond. They were by all accounts inseparable as siblings, best friends and playmates. “They were never apart,” said the Rev. Theodore L. Hughey, the pastor at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, the family’s church. They would ride bikes and big-wheelers together, play side-by-side with children in their south-side neighborhood an ...

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RIP William Worthy, 1921 – 2014, Vincent Harding 1931 – 2014

This month, the world, the movement and I lost two irreplaceable comrades: William Worthy, the trailblazing journalist, and Vincent Harding, the historian, theologian and movement activist. The media including the New York Times, had a lot to say about Worthy. They wrote about how Bill, defying all kinds of government restrictions, had gone to China and Cuba. “Democracy Now” replayed its WWII interview with ...

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Detroit Raw

There was no little red book for the American revolutionary who dared to organize and challenge multinational corporations and their company unions in the 1960s. The book was written as the movement undertook actions to liberate and vest the worker with new found collective self-esteem borne of struggle and a fair share of respect, which greedy profiteers would hoard until the workforce was broken into subm ...

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J. Thom Pride

J. Thom Pride, an award winning trailblazer who broke color barriers in the advertising industry, has died at the age of 74. A native of Highland Park, Mich., and product of the H.P. public school system, Pride was quietly passionate about his family, profession and community. ...

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Mabel Robinson Williams, fighter for human rights

On June 1, 1931 in Monroe, N.C., Mabel Ola Robinson was born, the second daughter to her proud parents Emma Perry Robinson and King David Robinson. Her older sister Elizabeth R. Redfern proceeded her in death. As a child, Mabel grew up active with her family in the Elizabeth Baptist Church where she accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized. It was at this church she had her first encounters with the Williams ...

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West coast ‘Black Commentator’ and social justice activist passes

Longtime editorial writer, poet and political organizer Carl Bloice was remembered by friends and comrades at a gathering in San Francisco last week. The West Coast writer succumbed suddenly to a years-long battle with cancer. Bloice was known for his many widely-published columns on U.S. and international issues. He was on the editorial board of the Black Commentator. ...

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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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