Magazine article The Crisis

IN REMEMBRANCE: Sen. Edward Brooke, 95

Magazine article The Crisis

IN REMEMBRANCE: Sen. Edward Brooke, 95

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Sen. Edward Brooke, 95, the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, died Jan. 3, in Coral Gables, Fla. Brooke was elected as a Republican in 1966 to represent Massachusetts and reelected in 1971. Born in Washington, D.C., Brooke received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Howard University. He then joined the allBlack 366th Combat Infantry Regiment during World War II, in which he became a captain and won a Bronze Star for his service. After his time in the military, Brooke received a law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1948 and a master of law degree in 1950. He was elected Massachusetts attorney general in 1962, the first African American elected a state attorney general in the United States. As a U.S. senator, Brooke fought for civil rights and fair housing. He was also the first senator to demand the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Brooke was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 by President George W. Bush and the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

Stuart Scott, 49, ESPN sportscaster, died of cancer Jan. 4. A native of Chicago, Scott attended the University of North Carolina, where he graduated in 1987 with a degree in speech communication. Scott joined ESPN in 1993 and went on to host SportsCenter. Known for his exuberant style and pop culture-infused reports, Scott received an award for perseverance at the 2014 ESPY awards. In a statement, President Barack Obama noted of Scott: "Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us - with courage and love."

Andrae Crouch, 72, gospel singer and songwriter, died Jan. 8, after a heart attack. Crouch was born in San Francisco and wrote his first song, "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power," as a teenager. He started his first group while still in high school and went on to work with the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna. …

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