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Edward Watts

Edward Watts, was born April 20, 1923 in Grenada, Miss., to Archie (Lucky) Watts and Corrine (Chalky) Ford, who preceded him in death. He was the youngest of 10 siblings which eight preceded him in death. He later relocated to Detroit, where he lived with his eldest sister, Annie Lee Eberhart, whom he loved dearly. He met and fell in love with Athal Wisner upon his arrival. They were joined in Holy Matrimon ...

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Lottie Mary (Mae) Johnson Stewart

Lottie Mary (Mae) Johnson Stewart, seeming a bit weak and tired, gently laid her head on the bosom of Christ and quietly fell asleep. How well she fell asleep! Like some proud river, winding toward the sea; Calmly and grandly, silently and deep, Life joined eternity. Lottie was born March 29, 1932 in Moorhead, Miss., the sixth child of Ezra Johnson, Sr. and Lottie Isabelle Johnson. Upon moving to Detroit in ...

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YZ Perry, aka Carl Perry

YZ Perry, aka Carl Perry, was born in Bessmore, Ala., June 22, 1921. At an early age, Carl Perry served in the U.S. Army where he obtained an honorable discharge and then attended Fenn College in Ohio before coming to Detroit, where he lived the rest of his life. He married Delores Scott in 1953 and they remained married until her death in 1997 after 44 years. As a photographer, he photographed most of the ...

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Michael Garnes, Sr.

Detroit has lost another promising and dedicated musical talent, Michael Garnes, Sr., a singer, songwriter, teacher, community activist, ordained minister and author or poetry and a book for children “Learn the Seasons.” Michelle McKinney, a vocalist, librarian and archivist for The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, says: “Michael Garnes’ search for knowledge and his love of music led hi ...

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Jeremiah ‘Frank’ Taylor

Jeremiah ‘Frank’ Taylor was born April 13, 1923 to King David Taylor and Annie Lou Redd. He was the youngest of three children, having one brother (King David) and one sister (Ozella), who raised him due to their mother’s untimely passing. Both siblings preceded him in death. Frank was born and raised in Detroit and educated in the Detroit Public School system. Following his graduation from Northwestern Hig ...

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Douglas Michangelo Bennett

Reflection on Life Some may have known Douglas; others didn’t really know the extent of his impeccable ability to influence an audience with his views on life and living. The outdoors with nature, the intricate workings of any mechanism were elemental conditions that brought life to him. He believed it necessary for world production return to rudimental method for a civil society. For an example: Farmers re ...

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Juanita Eunice Clark

Juanita Eunice Clark was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on July 22, 1922. She was the third of five children born to William Coleman Young and Ida Reese Young. She began her career working for the federal government as a clerk during World War II. Dedicated to fighting the ills of racial and social injustice, Juanita became a union activist. She finally retired from Wayne County Community College as an administr ...

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NAACP, civil rights leaders mourn loss of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

Civil rights icon the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth has died, leaving few remaining living leaders of the U.S. civil rights movement. Shuttlesworth was co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He passed away on Oct. 5, at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, in Birmingham, Ala. He was 89. “I will never forget having the opportunity several years ago to push Reverend Shuttlesworth in his wheelchair ...

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Civil rights pioneer Derrick Bell dead at 80

Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers Former Harvard University law professor and civil rights activist Derrick Bell died Oct. 5 from carcinoid cancer. He was 80. “From his work on the front lines of legal argument in the civil rights movement to his path-breaking teaching and scholarship on civil rights and racial justice issues, professor Derrick Bell inspired and challenged generations of ...

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Chimba Kambon Omari

(Dewey Alfred Shanks) July 10, 1941 – Sept. 9, 2011 Chimba Kambon Omari was born in Detroit on July 10, 1941, the only child of Catherine and Dewey Shanks. Chimba attended Northern High School and graduated from Wilbur Wright High School where he played both basketball and football. He enjoyed all sports including tennis, ice hockey and lacrosse. Chimba often bragged about his younger days at the pool hall ...

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