Those We Lost in 2017

In Memoriam

by: Compiled by AFRO Staff
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Across the Nation

Simeon Booker (1918-2017)

Booker was a courageous and award winning journalist who put his life on the line to tell the story of Black America during the civil rights movement.

(Photo credit: AFRO file photo)

 

 

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Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

As a comedian and activist, Gregory broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health.

(Photo credit: AFRO File photo)

 

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Della Reese (1931-2017)

Reese was an actress, singer and talk show host who was best known for her role on the television drama “Touched by an Angel.”

(Photo credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

 

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Fats Domino (1928-2017)

Domino was a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who sold countless records.

(Photo credit: AP Photo)

 

 

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Joni Sledge (1956-2017)

Sledge was one of the founding members of the all-girl singing group Sister Sledge.

(Photo credit: AP Photo/Chris Polk)

 

 

 

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Simeon Wright (1943-2017)

Wright, who was the cousin of Emmett Till, was there the day Till was abducted and lynched in 1955.

(Photo credit: AP Photo)

 

 

 

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Baltimore, Md.

Rosetta Stith (1945-2017)

Stith was a charismatic and tireless advocate for the education of teenage mothers and principal at Paquin Junior-Senior High School.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

 

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R.B. Jones (1952-2017)

Jones was a former AFRO columnist who wrote “Real Side,” a column about Baltimore’s political class.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

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George B. Murphy III (1945-2017)

Murphy was the great-grand son of AFRO American Newspapers founder John H. Murphy, Sr.  and went on to work in the aviation field.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

 

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Sis. Mary Alice Chineworth (1918-2017)

Sister Mary Alice Chineworth was a towering spiritual figure in Baltimore’s Catholic community as a member of the Oblate Sisters at the St. Frances Academy.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

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Washington D.C.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) John Hawkins III (1940-2017)

Hawkins was the president and CEO of Hawkins Solutions International, a consultancy providing human capital support, and a columnist on military affairs for the AFRO-American Newspapers.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

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Dolores Kendrick (1927-2017)

Kendrick was named Washington, D.C.’s poet laureate in 1999.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

 

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James Nero (1932-2017)

Nero was a leader in the United Methodist Church.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

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Rev.  Morris Shearin, Sr. (1941-2017)

Shearin served as the ninth pastor of Israel Baptist Church in Northeast Washington, D.C. and was a past president of the D.C. NAACP.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

 

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James (Jim) Howard Vance III (1942-2017)

Vance was a longtime local and highly respected news anchor who was the area’s longest-serving television anchor with 45 years of news reporting.  (Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

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Prince George’s County

Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, III (1994-2017)

Collins was an Army second lieutenant who was scheduled to graduate from Bowie State University in May.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

 

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Judge William Missouri (1940-2017)

Missouri was a retired Maryland Circuit Court Judge.

(Photo credit: Courtesy photo)

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