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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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Harold R. Varner, FAIA

Harold R. Varner, one of Detroit’s premiere architects, died Dec. 14 at the age of 78. A lifelong Detroit resident and graduate of Cass Technical High School and Lawrence Institute of Technology, his commitment to the city, his profession and his family gave him iconic status, both nationally and in Detroit’s African American professional, political and social community. ...

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. ...

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Wesley (“Wes”) Steele (“Oginga Odinga”)

Wesley Steele, a warrior for family, country, civil and human rights is at peace. He was relieved of duty, Oct. 9 at 7:02 p.m. in Detroit Receiving Hospital. As an advocate for women, children and men who were unable to help themselves, he routinely offered assistance where needed. Wesley was born, March 15, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to Mary Worthy Scott and Joseph Steele who both preceded him in death. Wes ...

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Freida Bailey Greene

Freida Bailey Greene, age 95, died on Oct., 13, in Redford, Michigan. Her memorial service will be held at Westminster Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell Street at West Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48235, on Oct. 26 at 11:00 a.m., preceded by a family hour at 10 a.m. Reverends Mary Austin and Jim Rizer will officiate. ...

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Twanna Monae Hawkins

Twanna Monae Hawkins was born in Detroit on Dec. 23, 1977, to Johnny Thomas and Shirley Ann Hawkins. The Hawkins family lived in Detroit where Twanna was educated at Washington Career Center. In 1990, Twanna joined Straight Gate International Church. Twanna experienced many obstacles growing up, but she never let it hold her back from accomplishing anything. She was able to become the most valued employee w ...

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Jamaal Malik Masia Cottrell El

Jamaal Malik Masia Cottrell El of Detroit passed away July 24 at the age of 77. A Washitaw Moor formerly known as Samuel Edward Cottrell III, Jamaal attended Detroit Northern High School. He joined the Air Force in 1955, trained as a metals processing technician and played semi-professional baseball in Japan while serving in the Korean Conflict. Jamaal’s entrepreneurial ventures included the Lion’s Den Rest ...

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