Magazine article The Crisis


Magazine article The Crisis


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Ivan Alien Jr., 92, former two-term Atlanta mayor who helped peacefully desegregate the city in the 1960s, died July 2 in Atlanta. Alien was the only Southern elected official in favor of the 1964Civil Rights Act.

Lucile Bluford, 91, longtime editor of the nation's largest Black-owned weekly newspaper, The Call, died June 13 in Kansas City, Mo., after a brief illness.

Aaron Bell, 82, a bassist who worked with Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Sammy Davis Jr., died July 28 in the Bronx, N.Y, of lung cancer.

Benny Carter, 95, legendary jazz musician, composer, arranger and bandleader, known as "The King," died July 12 of bronchitis in Los Angeles. Carter was one of the first Black musicians to write and arrange television and film scores.

Celia Cruz, 78, known as the "Queen of Salsa," died July 16 of a brain tumor in Fort Lee, N.J. Cruz recorded more than 70 albums and won three Latin Grammy awards, including Best Salsa Album in 2002.

John Harper, 63, attorney and longtime civil rights activist, died July 27 of lung cancer in Columbia, S.C. Harper served as general counsel for the state NAACP and helped get Blacks elected to statewide office in South Carolina.

Maynard H. Jackson Jr., 65, former mayor of Atlanta, died June 23 in Arlington, Va., of heart failure. Jackson was the first African American to head a major city in the South, serving three terms as Atlanta's mayor.

Howard Jenkins Jr., 87, the first African American member of the National Labor Relations Board, died June 3 in Washington, D. …

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