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 grandfather, a Voodoo priest. “My grandfather told me ‘you will carry on the tradition,'” Mr. Beauvoir told The New York Times in a 1983. “It was not the sort of thing you could refuse.”
Mr. Beauvoir, who became Voodoo’s supreme chief in 2008, worked to clear up misperceptions about Voodoo, many of which were spread by Hollywood. Voodoo practiced in Haiti is different from Voodoo traditions practiced in Louisiana.
In 1975, Beauvoir spent a day educating the newly married Bill and Hillary Clinton about Voodoo. The couple had traveled to Haiti.
Haiti’s President Michel Martelly called Beauvoir’s death a “great loss for the country.”
William H. Grier
William H. Grier M.D., an African-American psychiatrist who co-authored the groundbreaking 1968 book “Black Rage,” died September 3rd in a hospice in Carlsbad, Calif., from complications from prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among black men.
Dr. Grier was 89. He wrote the book with fellow psychiatrist Price M. Cobbs. The book was about the weight white oppression places on African Americans, which affected them psychologically. The two men operated a psychiatric clinic in San Francisco.
The book’s full title is “Black Rage: Two Black Psychiatrists Reveal the Full Dimensions of Inner Conflicts and Desperation of Black Life in the United States.”
Moses Eugene Malone, who as center led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 NBA title and was named the one of league’s 50 greatest players, died Sunday in Norfolk, Va. He was 60 years old. Malone also was a three time league MVP.
The 6′ 11” Malone was one the first high school players to turn pro, choosing to sign with the Utah Stars of the ABA, after graduating from high school in Petersburg, Va.
When the NBA and ABA merged, Malone played for six teams including the 76ers. The team issued this statement following Malone’s death. “Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball.”
His death comes less than a month after Darryl Dawkins, another 76er player, known as “Chocolate Thunder.” Dawkins died August 27 in Allentown, Pa.
Stevie Wonder gave the 6’11” Dawkins the nickname “Chocolate Thunder” because he shattered backboards with his powerful dunks, something that never had been done before. Fans also called Dawkins “Double D.”
The 76ers drafted Dawkins out of high school in 1975.