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The Rev. James Lawson (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) 

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” Lawson said decades after King’s assassination that he was still anxious and frustrated because their work remains unfinished.

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Marian Robinson (Photo: NNPA) 

Marian Lois Shields set out on a journey that was characterized by fortitude and compassion after emerging from the vibrant tapestry of Chicago’s South Side. From her early days as a teacher to her later role as a trusted secretary, Robinson’s life was a testament to the values of family and service, showcasing her personal achievements and contributions.

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FILE - Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock participate in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film, "Go North", at AOL Studios on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) 

Spurlock made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet

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Donald Hepburn Jr., June 30, 1950 - March 26, 2024 

At a young age he started the groups Soul Masters, and Pleasure. They made several albums and traveled the world.

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U.S. Representative Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ). (Photo: Official photo, United States House of Representatives / U.S. Government) 

“With his signature bowtie, big heart, and tenacious spirit, Donald embodied the very best of public service,” Murphy wrote in a statement on Wednesday. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat, expressed their condolences and offered prayers to Payne’s family and friends. Jeffries described him as a “highly effective public servant and compassionate leader.”

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Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray 

Civil Rights icon the Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray, passed away on Friday, April 5. He was 94.

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Lesley Diane Unthank, June 19, 1942 - February 12, 2024  

Daughter of Dr. Unthank will be remembered as a community leader

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Artist Faith Ringgold (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Ringgold was celebrated for her story quilts that combine painting, fabric and storytelling in addressing issues of race and gender. Her rise to prominence as a Black female artist wasn’t easy. Ringgold became a social activist who frequently protested the overwhelming whiteness in American museums during the 1970s and ’80s. 

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O.J. Simpson in 1994 (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File) 

Simpson said last year that he was battling prostate cancer. Simpson’s gridiron legacy was forever overshadowed by the 1994 knife slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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James A. Washington (Photo: NNPA) 

The president and general manager of the Atlanta Voice, Washington, always displayed a genuine concern for Black America and its longtime voice, The Black Press of America.

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The Skanner Foundation's 38th Annual MLK Breakfast

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