Category Archives: Civil rights

Newsman Franklin McMahon’s sketchs of Emmett Till lynching trial were bold strokes for civil rights

CHICAGO – Franklin McMahon covered the world and its newsmakers with a pencil and a sketch pad. “He told what he saw through his art,” said his daughter Chicago sculptor Margot McMahon. “He called himself an artist reporter and really

Newsman Franklin McMahon’s sketchs of Emmett Till lynching trial were bold strokes for civil rights

CHICAGO – Franklin McMahon covered the world and its newsmakers with a pencil and a sketch pad. “He told what he saw through his art,” said his daughter Chicago sculptor Margot McMahon. “He called himself an artist reporter and really

Leader of the first ‘jail-in,’ Patricia Stephens Due, 72, campaigned for civil rights

SMYRNA, Ga. – Civil rights leader Dr. Patricia Stephens Due died Tuesday at age 72, nearly 52 years after she played a leading role in student sit-ins in Tallahassee, Florida, her family said. Due’s death followed “a determined and courageous

Leader of the first ‘jail-in,’ Patricia Stephens Due, 72, campaigned for civil rights

SMYRNA, Ga. – Civil rights leader Dr. Patricia Stephens Due died Tuesday at age 72, nearly 52 years after she played a leading role in student sit-ins in Tallahassee, Florida, her family said. Due’s death followed “a determined and courageous

Camilla Williams, 92, may have been first black woman to sing with major opera company

(From The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 31, 2012.) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Legendary opera singer Camilla Williams was in failing health when her friends and colleagues Charles Webb and two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair stopped by her Bloomington apartment to

Camilla Williams, 92, may have been first black woman to sing with major opera company

(From The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 31, 2012.) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Legendary opera singer Camilla Williams was in failing health when her friends and colleagues Charles Webb and two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair stopped by her Bloomington apartment to

Heiress to the Duke tobacco fortune and Durham benefactor, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans dies at 91

DURHAM — Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, a Duke descendent who was devoted to philanthropy, education, civil rights and the arts, died today at the age of 91. She died this morning at Duke Hospital, said her assistant, Kathy Harrison.

Heiress to the Duke tobacco fortune and Durham benefactor, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans dies at 91

DURHAM — Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, a Duke descendent who was devoted to philanthropy, education, civil rights and the arts, died today at the age of 91. She died this morning at Duke Hospital, said her assistant, Kathy Harrison.

Judge Robert L. Carter, 94, challenged segregation from an early age

NEW YORK CITY – Robert L. Carter, a former federal judge in New York who, as a lawyer, was a leading strategist and a persuasive voice in the legal assault on racial segregation in 20th-century America, died on Tuesday morning

Judge Robert L. Carter, 94, challenged segregation from an early age

NEW YORK CITY – Robert L. Carter, a former federal judge in New York who, as a lawyer, was a leading strategist and a persuasive voice in the legal assault on racial segregation in 20th-century America, died on Tuesday morning