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People we’ve lost but will never be forgotten

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Another year has surpassed promptly with many lasting memories that brought joy including President Barack Obama serving his first year in office, the return of Michael Vick to the NFL, to more social issues such as the implementation of health care reform.

The span of the year also brought controversial issues including the global scrutiny of 18-year-old Caster Semenya of South Africa who’s gender was in question during the semifinals of the women’s 800m track and field competition in mid August.

However, 2009 also brought tears with some unfortunate losses in the community and nationally. Here’s a look at some notable African-Americans we’ve lost in the past year.

Betty Allen, opera singer

Gertrude Baines; oldest woman in the world; 115-years-old

Ernest E. Barnes Jr., painter; former professional football player

Gloria Bennett, journalist

Edwin Bocage, singer; pianist

Mel Brown, blues guitarist

Roderick “Dolla” Burton II, rapper

Margaret Bush Wilson, lawyer; civil rights activist

Randy Cain, member of R&B group The Delfonics

Johnny Carter, founding member of the R&B group The Dells and The Flamingos.

Carole Cole, actress

Hank Crawford, saxophonist

Vance Dalton, husband of Indianapolis Recorder employee, Crystal Dalton

Altovise Davis, actress

Roy DeCarava, photographer

Robert Decatur, Tuskegee Airman; Ohio probate judge

Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter “Rev. Ike,” nationally known evangelist

John Hope Franklin, renowned historian and professor

Vernon Frost, professional boxer

E. Lynn Harris, author

Chris Henry, NFL wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals

Jessie Hollins, former MLB baseball player of the Chicago Cubs

Irene Hurst, mother of Indianapolis Recorder employee, John Hurst

Michael Jackson, entertainer

Rev. Vernon C. King, nephew of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Marilyn Killingham, former president of Provisional Government of teh Republic of New Africa.

Willie King, blues musician

Eddie Logan, former Negro League baseball player

Huey Long, guitarist of The Ink Spots

Frankie Manning, dancer; choreographer

Judi Mason, television writer of Good Times; playwright

Ted Mays Sr., father of Indianapolis Recorder publisher, Carolene Mays

Steve McNair, retired NFL quarterback for the Tennessee Titans

Mike McQueen, journalist

William Palmer, Tuskegee Airman

Dr. A.D. Pinkney, former president of NAACP’s greater Indianapolis region

Alaina Reed, actress

Trevor Rhone, playwright

Naomi Sims, supermodel

William Stokes, producer; photojournalist

Percy Sutton, civil rights attorney

Koko Taylor, blues singer

George Thompson, grandson of Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper founder

Wayman Tisdale, retired NBA basketball player of the Phoenix Suns; jazz bass guitarist

Burl Toler Sr., first African-American to officiate the NFL and Super Bowl

Norm Van Lier, broadcaster

Marvin Webster, retired NBA basketball player of the Denver Nuggets

Rev. H. Wesley Wiley, nationally prominent Baptist pastor

David “Pop” Winans, gospel singer and patriarch of the famed Winans Singers

Timothy Wright, Grammy-nominated gospel singer

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