Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan passed away at the age of 96. He was the world’s foremost Egyptologist. He authored 49 books that challenged popular and often derogatory notions about the continent and people of [...]
Leslie Alan Williams, a Tuskegee Airman who was the first African American commissioned bomber pilot, passed away peacefully at home on March 30. Williams was born in San Francisco on August 9, 1919. As [...]
Gregory Pete, born June 13, 1947 in Berkeley, died on April 7. A graduate of Oakland High School, he attended Merritt Junior college and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley [...]
Theopelis Cain, who worked at the naval air station and on the San Mateo Bridge, passed away on March 14. He was 94. Born in Louisiana he moved to Northern California in the 1940s [...]
Lynn Martin, executive director of Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH), died Feb. 23 at her home. Details of her death are inconclusive, according to Anna Vasquez, office manager at ECMH. Martin, MHS, staunchly advocated for [...]
Leola King Wilson passed away on Feb. 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. She was born on Jan. 20, 1919 in Seminole County, Oklahoma, and spent her youth in Los Angeles, California.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s mother Mildred Parish Massey, 90, passed away peacefully in Oakland, surrounded by family, on Monday, Feb. 16. Born June 6, 1924 in El Paso, Texas, Mrs. Massey is predeceased by her father [...]
Harold Berlak devoted his professional life to combating crazy ideas about education. He held a doctorate from Harvard, lived in Oakland and worked with the National Education Policy Center and other institutions as an independent [...]
Ernie Banks, who became the first Black player for the Chicago Cubs during his remarkable lifetime, died last Friday. He was 83. Banks, widely known as “Mr. Cub,” was the first African American to [...]
Joshua Lewis Laws Sr. was born on April 1, 1925 and raised in Lake Charles, LA. He passed away in Oakland on Jan. 7 after a lengthy illness.