Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Sentinel Staff Report
Published January 12, 2013


(1) GERALDINE WASHINGTON: As President of the Los Angeles Branch of the NAACP, Dr. Washington was on the front lines of fighting the declining enrollment of African American students in the UC system. Her efforts on behalf of students spanned over 40 years and demonstrated her lifelong commitment to keeping the doors of higher education open to all.  Her legacy of service to Los Angeles, its students and the community will live on through the many lives she touched.  She was 81.  (1/5)


(3) JOHN LEVY: John Levy emanated the aura of a griot when he spoke and was the first prominent African-American personal manager in the jazz or pop music field, whose clients included Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis.  He was 99. (1/20)






(7) DICK ANTHONY WILLIAMS:  Dick Anthony Williams was a veteran actor perhaps best known for his role as Pretty Tony in “The Mack.” He had an extensive career on stage, films and television. Williams’ film credits include “Five on the Black Hand Side,” “The Jerk,” “Mo’ Better Blues” and “Edward Scissorhands,” among others. He was 77 (2/16)




(10) DONALD PAYNE: He was the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 10th congressional district, serving from 1989 until his death. He was a member of the Democratic Party. His district encompasses most of the city of Newark, parts of Jersey City and Elizabeth, and some suburban communities in Essex and Union counties. He was the first African American to represent New Jersey in Congress. He was 78 (3/6)

(11) JOHN PAYTON: Payton was president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and guided it to several major victories before the Supreme Court.  He lived in Washington, D.C.  He was 65 (3/22)




(14) WALTER GORDON: One of the great lawyers of the 20th century.  In addition to successfully defending thousands of Blacks during his long career, Gordon left several other enduring legacies. One of the more prominent among them was mentoring a generation of young, African-American lawyers from the 1940s forward. He was 103 (4/16)




(17) FRANK HOLOMAN: Holoman was a member of the California State Assembly and a Democrat from Los Angeles from 1972 to 1974. His interests in urban improvement and local government led him to pursue these causes in the Legislature as well as through his position as chair of the Black Caucus of Southern California.  He was 78 (5/24)




(18) RODNEY KING: A Black man who became a symbol of racial tension and police brutality in America, after his beating by Los Angeles police officers in 1991 was videotaped and broadcast to the nation.  He was 47 (6/17)




(19) WILLIAM RASPBERRY:  William Raspberry was one of the nation’s first African American columnists at a major metropolitan daily newspaper.  He was a Washington-Post columnist for four decades, many of them as a syndicated writer; he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1994.  He was first nominated for the award in 1982.  He was 76 (7/17)

 (20) WILLIS EDWARDS:  Willis Edwards’ center of activity was the NAACP.   His activist role in the organization has earned him the title in some circles, as “Mr NAACP.” His mother started an NAACP branch in Palm Springs, CA and her rule was “you go to church and you go to the NAACP meetings.”  He understood the importance of its work as the oldest civil rights organization in the country and its history regarding Black Americans.  He was 66 (7/20)

(21) SHERMAN HELMSLEY: See page B? for more details.

(22) JOHN ATTA MILLS: John Evans Fifii Atta Mills was a Ghanaian politician who was president of Ghana from 2009 until his death. He was inaugurated on  January 7 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election.  He was vice-president from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings. He is the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office. He was 60 (7/24)


(23) AL FREEMAN JR: Al Freeman Jr. emerged during the civil rights era and made his mark in both drama and race relations with his portraits of some of the movement’s most controversial personalities — Malcolm X in a television drama, and Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s 1992 movie “Malcolm X.” He was 78. (8/9)

(24) LARRY GRANT: After a career in banking and serving in the U.S. military, Larry Grant founded The Kingdom Day Parade in remembrance of the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King along with his wife, Coretta Scott King.  It is celebrated annually on King’s birthday.  He was 86. (8/18)

(25) EDWARD “ED” VINCENT:  78 (8/31)


(26) MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN: See page B? for more details. (9/3)


(27) MERVYN M. DYMALLY: He was a political icon who opened many doors and mentored many elected officials throughout his 50 plus year career.  His passing has left a void in California and indeed national politics.  He was an assemblyman (twice); state senator, Lt. Governor, and congressman.  He was 86. (10/7)



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