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Black History Month Special

Thirteen Notable African American Seniors And Elders Who Died Recently, African American History Month Special Edition: Celebration of Life

By HBCU ECSU Gheechee Gummee Author, Dr. Charles L. Singleton   

Black History, African American History Month, established by Carter G. Woodson (historian, author, and writer) on February 7, 1926, ninety-six years ago. In a few written words, I will share with you 13 African Americans whose lives were impactful 360 days of every year, who lived on this earth.

I wish I had time to tell you about all who have passed away during this time of a worldwide pandemic called Covid-19, An Airborne Illness Possibility, Aerodynamically Fashioned "With Persistent Mutative" Transmittable Omnipresence (AAIPADFWPMTOP). This highly mutative contagious sickening and deadly illness is traveling at Earth's speed of 67, 000 miles per hour, or 1.6 million miles a day around the sun, or 19 miles a minute, some 86, 400 seconds per day: 0.0041666 degrees per second (Quora, DuckDuckGo, Space. Com). 

Every day the Earth Spins, and Covid-19 also travels at 1000 miles an hour, or 460 meters per second on its axis, about 5 U.S.A. football fields (Scientific America). Becoming The Voice and Vision of the New World 2020, "A New Normal, Abnormal for Some Time to Come." --- Photographer and Visionary, Sally Jacobs Harmon. Read more at Black News Scoop Get Informed On Empowering Global News: Checkout Why Dr. Charles L. Singleton Is Weighing In On Becoming The Voice and Vision of the New World 2020

Once again, Earth’s orbital speed and Covid-19 does too, allows completion of its journey in 23 hours, 56 minutes, 4.09053 seconds, approximately every 24 hours around the sun, while spinning on its axis 1000 miles per hour, or 1600 kilometers per hour, almost 460 meters per second (Scientific America).  Therefore, I will only have time to mention a few lines about these brave warriors of rightfulness, who have gone on before, in quotes, songs, books, music, media coverage, military and government leadership, legacies and achievements. For those of you who are living today, lets read and read more. These earthly legendary seniors and elders are as follows:

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HBCU Tuskegee Airman, Cleveland, Ohio

Retired Fighter Pilot Brigadier General USAF, Colonel Charles McGee (1919- 2022), January 16, 2022, HBCU Tuskegee Airman died at the age of 102 years. He successfully completed 409 fighter combat flights during three wars. McGee's military years of service: 1942-1973 (31 dedicated years of devoted military service).

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Mel Reeves (1958 - 2022 circa), January 6, 2022, an outstanding and amazing Minneapolis civil rights warrior and journalist, who over his lifetime, fought for social justice. Sadly, and regrettably Reeves died from COVID-19 complications.

In remembrance of Mel Reeves, William Cullen Bryant's Thanatopsis read, "So live, that when thy summons comes to join the innumerable caravan, which moves to that mysterious realm, where each shall take His chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

Watch "Reporter, Twin Cities community activist Mel Reeves dies from COVID-19" on YouTube.

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Sidney L. Poitier (1927-2022), January 6, 2022, a Bahamian American legendary actor, movie director, human activist, and world-wide mediator. "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs, Lilies of the Fields and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

William Ernest Henley's Invictus: "Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole. I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul.  In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeoning of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, and yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.  It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."

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Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1931-2021), December 26, 2021, a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, who battled for years anti-apartheid, as a human rights advocate.  Just A Minute! I have only just a minute, only 60 seconds in it. Forced upon me, can't refuse it.  Didn't seek it, didn't choose it.  But it's up to me to use it.  I must suffer if I lose it.  Give account if I abuse it. Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it.  What are you going to do with your minute? --- Benjamin E. Mays

Wanda Young (1943 - 2021), December 15, 2021, a wonderful heavenly voice of the popular Marvelettes, passed away due to 'chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complications.'  "Don't Mess With Bill." Photo Microsoft Bing. Watch here

bell hooks, Gloria Jean Watkins (1952-2021), December 15, 2021, a prolific author, educator, a remarkable feminist and social reformer, and the pride of Hopkins, KY, U. S. A. She wrote a plethora of popular books: Ain' t I a Woman, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies, plus many more books and written works. Photo Credit Microsoft Bing

Barry Doyle Harris

Barry Doyle Harris (1929-2021), December 8, 2021, Detroit, MI, North Bergen, NJ, a rhythmically talented American jazz pianist, composer, music arranger, bandleader extraordinaire, brilliant educator, and bebop style music. Barry Doyle Harris beloved jazz pianist devoted to bebop dies at 91. The video about his life is a must see above.

Dr. Shirley Ann Mathis McBay | Photo Credit 2003 Donna Coveney / MIT

Dr. Shirley Ann Mathis McBay (1935-2021), American Mathematician, November 27, 2021, diabetes, and dementia were the cause of death. Dr. Shirley McBay's educational and social concerns for learning, diversity, and inclusion in mathematics, were some of her earthly achievements. "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" ----- Satchel Paige, and "I've said it once and I'll say it a hundred times, I'm forty-four years old." --- Satchel Paige.  Dum Spiro Spero, While I breathe, I hope.  --- Theocritus and Cicero, South Carolina State Motto, 1776

Robert Lee Elder (1935- 2021), November 28, 2021, Dallas, Texas, a professional PGA "golf pro," first African American to play in the Masters Tournament. “Destiny will open a window.” --- Elaine Campbell Photo courtesy Sports Illustrated 

Jovita Moore (1967-2021), October 28, 2021, New York Pride, News Anchor, WSB-TV, Atlanta, GA, a devoted mother, best friend, and on time, Up-To-Date news reporter, a charitable giver, and a community organizer. Her untimely cause of death was glioblastoma (brain cancer). Photo credit Microsoft Bing.
Channel 2 Anchor Jovita Moore dies of brain cancer | WSB-TV - Youtube video>

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Colin Powell (1937-2021), October 18, 2021, Former United States Secretary of State and Military General, Jamaican, African and Scottish.  Learn about the life and legacy of a “C” Scholar, Colin Luther Powell in Memoriam -- And Never Forgotten.  To read more on Colin Powell click here 

Troy Ramey

Troy Ramey, Sr. (1940-2018), December 4, 2018, Monroe, Georgia, and Atlanta Georgia. "Troy Ramey, Sr., "A Charge to Keep I Have." Sing Troy Sing! Your Gospel Songs and Spiritual Voice Will Continue to Encourage All of Us." The Family Journal, USA & Overseas. Troy Ramey and The Soul Searchers, I'm Coming Up Lord (View Video Above)

Lee Williams

Lee Williams (1946-2021), August 31, 2021, Pontotoc, Mississippi. Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's, a powerful singing American quartet gospel group, Tupelo, Mississippi. On My Way, I just stopped by creative video - Lee Williams (View Video Above)

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