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Obituary: Donnie Ray Shaw

Donnie Ray Shaw, age 70, of Sterling, Virginia entered eternal rest with the Lord on June 14, 2020, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a faithful member of his Washington, D.C. Church, Zion Baptist Church, and a...

Legendary NBA Star Wes Unseld Dies at 74

By Sean Yoes AFRO Baltimore Editor syoes@afro.com Wes Unseld was one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and a world champion with the Washington Bullets. But, he was also known as a man of great integrity, who became a vital...

Obituary: A Queen is Born, A Legacy Lives

Evelyn Orena Quander Rattley was born on Oct. 8, 1924. She transitioned from this life on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.  Encircled by her two children, daughter-in-law and caregiver, in those last moments she received the devotion that she bestowed...

Funeral Schedule for Congressman Elijah E. Cummings in Baltimore, MD and Washington DC. 

Oct. 23 Public viewing at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore, Md. 21218, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., immediately followed by a Community-Wide Celebration of the Life of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, 6 p.m. to...

History Making Politician Dies

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.com The District of Columbia has lost a history making and barrier breaking politician, as the first Chair of the Home Rule D.C. Council, Sterling Tucker, 95, has passed away. According to The Washington Post, Tucker...

Howard Mourns Passing of Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., surgeon, oncologist, professor and civic leader died on May 25, leaving his family, friends and the Howard University community grieving. “It is with a heavy heart that I write to...

Rev. Dr. John A. Cherry, Founder of From the Heart Ministries Worldwide, Dies

By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.com Described as a no-nonsense spiritual leader whose primary focus was on developing strong male leadership and strengthening the family unit, the Rev. Dr. John A. Cherry, and founder of the megachurch known as the...

In Memoriam: Ocie M. Jackson

By The AFRO Staff Ocie M. Jackson a high level Department of Defense worker, died at the age of 94 on August 26 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland. She was a native of Oxford, North Carolina born on January...

Hari Jones, Noted Curator and Historian, Dies at 59

By Brigette White, Special to the AFRO Hari Jones was the assistant director and curator of the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum in Washington, D.C., a writer, lecturer, historian, a motivational speaker, a content developer, a content advisor,...

Trailblazing Civil Rights Lawyer, Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Dies at 104

By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO Dovey Johnson Roundtree, one of the few African-American women lawyers who broke down barriers in law during the mid-20th century died in Charlotte, North Carolina May 21. Roundtree was 104 years old. Born in 1914,...

Omega Omega Service for Frankie Muse Freeman, Former Delta Sigma Theta President, Set

Frankie Muse Freeman, a civil rights attorney and the 14th national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, died earlier this year at the age of 101.  Her Omega Omega sevice, the last ritual performed for a deceased member of...

Those We Lost in 2017

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)     ========================================= Dick Gregory (1932-2017) As a comedian...

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