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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

2020-03-06T21:02:21+0000

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

2018-02-16T23:58:47+0000

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

2018-01-18T22:15:41+0000

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.


Black Doctor Dies of Covid-19 After Complaining of Racist Treatment

2020-12-24T00:16:54+0000

“He made me feel like a drug addict,” Dr. Susan Moore said, accusing a white doctor of downplaying her complaints of pain and suggesting she should be discharged.


Charley Pride, Country Music’s First Black Superstar, Dies at 86

2020-12-12T22:11:48+0000

He began his career amid the racial unrest of the 1960s and cemented his place in the country pantheon with hits like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’.”


Walter E. Williams, 84, Dies; Conservative Economist on Black Issues

2020-12-04T23:04:18+0000

Skeptical of antipoverty programs, he was a scholar who reached a wide public through a newspaper column and books, and as a fill-in for Rush Limbaugh.


Naomi Long Madgett, Champion of Black Poets, Is Dead at 97

2020-12-04T22:19:17+0000

The longtime poet laureate of Detroit, she was as well known for publishing the work of others as she was for her own verse.


Edward J. Perkins, 92, Dies; First Black U.S. Envoy to South Africa

2020-11-26T17:55:57+0000

He also held ambassadorial postings in Liberia and Australia and, as director general, helped diversify the elite, mostly white Foreign Service.


David N. Dinkins, New York’s First Black Mayor, Dies at 93

2020-11-24T05:09:22+0000

Mr. Dinkins, who served in the early 1990s, was seen as a compromise selection for voters weary of racial unrest, crime and fiscal turmoil. The racial harmony he sought remained elusive during his years in office.


Drew Days, First Black Leader of Civil Rights Unit, Dies at 79

2020-11-18T21:19:06+0000

Born in the segregated South, Mr. Days, who later became solicitor general, knew from an early age that he wanted to work for civil rights.



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Alice Stewart, a CNN Political Commentator, Dies at 58

Sun, 19 May 2024 13:27:58 +0000

She had appeared onscreen as a conservative voice since the 2016 presidential race. A political strategist, she had worked for Republican presidential candidates.

Moorhead C. Kennedy Jr., 93, Dies; Hostage Who Chided Foreign Policy

Sat, 18 May 2024 21:29:29 +0000

A Foreign Service officer, he was one of 52 hostages seized in Iran and held for 444 days. He later challenged the U.S. government to reshape its diplomacy with the Islamic world.

Phil Wiggins, Virtuoso of the Blues Harmonica, Is Dead at 69

Sun, 19 May 2024 05:45:30 +0000

First as half of the duo Cephas and Wiggins and later on his own, he was one of the best-known musicians playing the style known as the Piedmont blues.

Dabney Coleman, Actor Audiences Loved to Hate, Is Dead at 92

Sat, 18 May 2024 15:18:15 +0000

In movies like “9 to 5” and “Tootsie” and on TV shows like “Buffalo Bill,” he turned the portrayal of egomaniacal louts into a fine art.

Cyril H. Wecht, 93, Dies; Coroner Cast Doubt on Kennedy Assassination

Sat, 18 May 2024 17:15:31 +0000

A widely respected forensic expert and frequent TV presence, he was also a powerful figure in Pennsylvania Democratic politics.

Jon Urbanchek, Who Led Swimmers to Olympic Glory, Dies at 87

Fri, 17 May 2024 18:07:12 +0000

He coached the University of Michigan to 13 Big Ten Conference titles and a national championship. Overall, his swimmers won 21 medals at the Summer Olympics.



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