Barbara Gonzaque Boutte
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Barbara Gonzaque Boutte

  Barbara Gonzaque Boutte, widow of the Alvin J. Boutte, CEO of Indecorp, Inc., the holding company for Independence Bank of Chicago, has died. Mr. Boutte also was president of Independence Bank, once the nation’s largest black-owned bank. Mrs. Boutte died July 17 in her Markham, Ill., home from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. She was 86. Known […]

Ulysha Renee Hall, the new chief of the Dallas Police Department
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Black woman to head the Dallas Police Department

By Frederick H. Lowe Ulysha Renee Hall, deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department, has been named chief of the Dallas Police Department, making her the first woman and the third African American to hold the post. Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced Hall’s selection after a process in which more than 55 community and business leaders participated in a […]

Bobby Sengstacke
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Robert Abbott Sengstacke

A member of the family that founded and once owned the Chicago Defender   By Frederick H. Lowe Robert Abbott Sengstacke, son of John Herman Henry Sengstacke, owner and publisher of the Chicago Defender, died Tuesday following a long illness. He was 73. Robert, who was called Bobby by friends, worked as a photographer for the Chicago Defender, and Muhammad […]

Francis Cress Welsing


  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, a psychiatrist who authored “The Isis Papers,” died January 2 in Washington, D.C. after suffering stroke. Dr. Welsing was 80. A Chicago native, Welsing, the daughter of a physician and a school teacher, graduated from Howard University Medical School. Welsing caused a stir after she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was […]

Alex Poinsett, journalist and award-winning author, has died
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  Alex Poinsett, former Ebony senior editor and author, dies Alex Poinsett, one of the co-founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, an award-winning author and a retired senior editor at Ebony magazine, has died. Mr. Poinsett was 89, but it is not known where or when he died. His last known address was in Chicago. Mr. Poinsett’s daughter, […]

Marine Corps Lieutenant General Frank E. Peterson, Jr.
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Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr.

  Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., the first African-American Marine Corps general and the first black Marine pilot, was honored by the Congressional Black Caucus, following his death in late August. “While we mourn the loss of the United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr., we also celebrate his over three decades of honorable, inspired and […]

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  Max Beauvoir Max Beauvoir, supreme chief of Voodoo, an amalgam of West African traditions and Catholicism, died Saturday of unknown causes in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He was 79. Mr. Beauvoir, a biochemist, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and Cornell University. He returned to Haiti in the 1970s. Back home, he had a life-changing experience at the deathbed of his […]

Julian Bond is Dead
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Julian Bond

  Julian Bond, who was nominated for vice president of the United States at the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where thousands of anti-Vietnam war demonstrators wearing football helmets battled police in the streets, died August 15 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He was 75. Bond was seated in the Georgia State Legislature after a long and bitter […]

Mr. Imagination, an outsider artist, died May 30, 2012.
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Art History

Mr. Imagination Mr. Imagination, an outsider artist who used sandstone and bottle caps to create his unique work, died May 30, 2012, in Atlanta. Mr. Imagination, who was born Gregory Warmack in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Ill., worked with sculpted objects, using paint, wood, nails, putty and cement, and sold his creations at street fairs in Chicago. Mr. Imagination […]

Memorial services for PGA golfer Calvin Peete will be held later this month.
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PGA Golfer Calvin Peete Dies

Memorial Service scheduled Memorial services for professional golfer Calvin Peete will be held 11:00 a.m. May 16 at the Impact Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Peete, who was 71, died April 29 in Atlanta. Author Johnson, Peete’s friend and business manager, said he was admitted to hospice care where he died of lung and pancreatic cancer. Johnson made his comments […]