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Obituaries Related to "Black" from New York Times Archive

South Bend Officer Will Not Be Charged in Shooting Death of Black Resident


The fatal shooting highlighted a strained relationship between former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and black residents in the Indiana town.

Lerone Bennett Jr., Historian of Black America, Dies at 89


Mr. Bennett, the author of “Before the Mayflower” and other books, was also a top editor at Ebony magazine for decades.

Roy Bennett, White Zimbabwean With Black Political Base, Dies in U.S. Helicopter Crash


Mr. Bennett, 60, was a coffee grower whose farm was seized as part of the land redistribution program of Robert G. Mugabe. He was a formidable leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party.

William B. Branch, Playwright of the Black Experience, Dies at 92


An ill-treated war veteran, Frederick Douglass, colonial oppression: Mr. Branch’s Off Broadway work on race ranged widely. He also made a mark in TV.

Jocelyn Cooper Dies at 86; Helped Pave Way for First Black Congresswoman


Ms. Cooper and her husband, Andrew Cooper, sued in the early 1960s to challenge racially gerrymandered congressional district lines, which were redrawn under court order.

Mario Cooper, Nexus Between AIDS Activists and Black Leaders, Dies at 61


Mr. Cooper was a former Democratic political operative who pressed civil rights groups to confront H.I.V.’s effect.



Owen Dodson, a poet, novelist, playwright and teacher whose 20 years as a professor of drama at Howard University influenced the course of African-American drama, died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 68 years old and lived on Manhattan's West Side. Mr. Dodson wrote the novels ''Come Home Early, Child,'' (Popular Library) and ''Boy at the Window'' (Farrar, Straus & Young) and a book of poetry, ''Powerful Long Ladder.'' His plays, ''Divine Comedy,'' ''Garden of Time,'' and ''Bayou Legend, ...

Paul Gibson Jr., New York City’s First Black Deputy Mayor, Is Dead at 86


Mr. Gibson, a lawyer and vice president of American Airlines, was the deputy mayor for planning under Mayor Abraham D. Beame.

Pumpsie Green, First Black Player for Boston Red Sox, Dies at 85


Green, who played mostly at second base and shortstop, broke the color barrier for the last major league franchise that had remained all white.

Elbert Howard, a Founder of the Black Panthers, Dies at 80


Mr. Howard often acted as spokesman for the party during incendiary events. But he was also adept at organizing community programs.

Latest NY Times Obituaries

Eleanor Jackson Piel, Lawyer Who Fought Capital Convictions, Dies at 102

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 21:30:44 +0000

A renowned defender of the marginalized, she had many celebrated victories, including a Florida appeal known as the case of the Death Row Brothers.

Louise Tobin, 104, Dies; Jazz Vocalist Made Comeback After a Hiatus

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 22:33:33 +0000

She was a rising swing era star when she quit to raise children, at the request of her first husband, the bandleader Harry James. But her singing days weren’t over.

Irene Cara, ‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ Singer, Dies at 63

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 03:42:55 +0000

Ms. Cara was a child star from the Bronx who gained fame in the 1980s as a singer of pop anthems and as the star of the movie “Fame.”

Borje Salming, NHL’s First Star From Sweden, Dies at 71

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:06:50 +0000

A Hall of Fame defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he led the way for other European hockey players in the league.

John Y. Brown Jr., KFC Mogul and Kentucky Governor, Dies at 88

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:51:04 +0000

Though his political career was brief, after storming to victory with a former Miss America by his side, he made millions after selling the fried chicken chain.

Pablo Milanés, Troubadour of the Cuban Revolution, Dies at 79

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 15:11:40 +0000

His music blended traditional idioms with pop inflections and social themes, earning him comparisons with Bob Dylan.

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