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Baseball Star Ernie Banks, 83

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...

Joshua Lewis Laws Sr., 89

Joshua Lewis Laws Sr. was born on April 1, 1925 and raised in Lake Charles, LA. He passed away in Oakland on Jan. 7...

Willie T. Riley, 86

Mrs. Willie T. Riley passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14 in Berkeley.   Riley was born in Birmingham, AL on March 4, 1928. She accepted Jesus...

OBITUARY: Bettye Moore-Cash, 78

  Bettye Joyce Moore-Cash, a former medical worker and a member of the board of directors of the hospital now know as Doctors Medical Center,...

Marion Barry Jr., 78

Courtesy of blackpast.org Marion Barry Jr., a civil rights activist and later three term mayor of Washington D.C., died on Nov. 23 at his home...

Community Activist Betty Berry, 81

  Betty Berry, a Bay Area treasure for over 50 years, passed away Oct. 26 Saturday from Alzheimer’s-related causes. She was 81.  Berry, born on Dec....

Warner D. Willis, 78

Warner D. Willis, Oakland businessman and pioneer in working to rehabilitate the formerly incarcerated, died on Oct. 19. He was 78. Born in Shreveport, LA,...

Legendary Soul Singer Bobby Womack, 70

By Jason Newman, Rolling Stone Bobby Womack, whose career spanned seven decades, died last Friday at age 70. The son of two musicians, Womack began his...

Marie Coleman, 78

Marie Coleman passed away on June 7, and her funeral service was held Friday, June 20 at the Cornerstone Community Church of God in...

Award-winning Actress Ruby Dee, 91

By Alan Duke, CNN Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91. Dee died peacefully...
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