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In our 25 years of publishing, we¡¯ve lost some friends along the way. Here are some* of the scholars, diversity champions and other friends we lost in the last five years, since the 20th anniversary edition ¡®In Memoriam¡¯:

Dr. Elias Blake ¡ª president and chair of many higher education and historically Black college-oriented programs: National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, Institute for Services to Education (ISE) , U.S. Department of Education¡¯s Advisory Committee on HBCUs and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities; also expert witness in the original Adams v. Richardson litigation, which later turned into Ayers v. Fordice

Bebe Moore Campbell ¡ª Black woman novelist, diversity champion at University of Pittsburgh

Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. ¡ª prominent Black lawyer, known for fighting police brutality cases on behalf of Black clients

Dr. Kenneth Bancroft Clark ¡ª social psychologist, renowned educator and principal architect of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies as a resource for Black elected officials

Ossie Davis ¡ª Black actor, playwright, producer, director, and political/cultural activist

Dr. Murry DePillars ¡ª artist, educator, historian, leader of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and the 1960s Black Arts Movement and Chicago’s Black Cultural Renaissance

Dr. James Eaton Sr. ¡ª historian at Florida A&M University who served as founder, curator and director of the Southeastern regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum

Dr. John Hope Franklin ©¤ the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University, wrote numerous publications;taught at a number of institutions, including Fisk University, St. Augustine¡¯s College, North Carolina Central University, and Howard University; was active in many professional and education organizations and a recipient of many awards


Dr. Robert Goheen ¡ª former Princeton University president who hired the institution¡¯s first Black full professor and Black administrator


Earl Hayes ¡ª diversity champion as former deputy director in U.S. Department of Education, staunch HBCU advocate

Augustus F. ¡°Gus¡± Hawkins ¡ª California legislator, statesman, champion against racism and economic oppression and an advocate for children and working families

Dr. Asa G. Hilliard ©¤ the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, one of the founding member of the National Child Development Institute and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations

John H. Johnson ¡ª ¡°the dean of Black publishing¡± and entrepreneurship, publisher of Ebony, Jet and Negro Digest/ Black World

Coretta Scott King ©¤ wife of late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., continued her husband¡¯s legacy of nonviolence, peace and social justice

Constance Baker Motley ©¤ lawyer and federal judge who fought racism in landmark segregation cases including Brown v. Board of Education, the Central High School case in Arkansas and the case that let James Meredith enroll at the University of Mississippi

Gordon Parks ©¤ the first Black American photojournalist for Life magazine and the first leading Black filmmaker, with such movies as ¡°The Learning Tree¡± and ¡°Shaft¡±

Rosa Parks ©¤ civil rights pioneer who helped transformed America, becoming the first woman in American history to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Dith Pran ©¤ New York Times photojournalist, survivor of the Khmer Rouge labor camps in Cambodia, became internationally renowned for his Academy Award-winning film ¡°The Killing Fields,¡± based on his life experience including the Cambodian civil war


Warren Murray Robbins ©¤ founder of the Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.

Eddie Robinson ¡ª former Grambling State University football coach, known for winning the victories by any in Division I NCAA head football coach and fighting institutional racism

Ivan Van Sertima ¡ª professor, anthropologist, Guyanese-British scholar, most known for 1976 book They Came Before Columbus, which argued the prehistoric African influences in Central and South America

Dr. Barbara Sizemore ¡ª the first Black woman to head a major school system when she was chosen as superintendent of Washington, D.C. Public Schools in 1973

Dr. Frank M. Snowden Jr. ©¤ distinguished professor of history at Howard University, author and pioneered a new field of study of Blacks in antiquity, whose research earned him a National Humanities Medal in 2003

Dr. Ronald Takaki ¡ª author of 12 books, including Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans and Iron Cages: Race and Culture in Nineteenth Century America

August Wilson ¡ª award-winning Black playwright; influenced by classic Black writers like Richard Wright, W.E.B Du Bois, and Langston Hughes

*Not an exhaustive list.

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