Posts Tagged: civil rights

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.

Born in Asheville, NC, Herbert Nipson, 95, became editor of Ebony magazine

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – When Herbert Nipson joined Ebony magazine’s editorial staff in 1949, the publication, founded just four years earlier, had a target readership of urban African-Americans, and its stories reflected that sensibility. But as the civil rights movement surged

Born in Asheville, NC, Herbert Nipson, 95, became editor of Ebony magazine

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – When Herbert Nipson joined Ebony magazine’s editorial staff in 1949, the publication, founded just four years earlier, had a target readership of urban African-Americans, and its stories reflected that sensibility. But as the civil rights movement surged

‘Straight-no-chaser’ senator Robert Brown dead at 61

Robert Brown called his style of talking “straight-no-chaser.” It meant he was going to tell you exactly how he felt — unvarnished – and that he would not waver from his convictions. People admired that about the former Democratic state

‘Straight-no-chaser’ senator Robert Brown dead at 61

Robert Brown called his style of talking “straight-no-chaser.” It meant he was going to tell you exactly how he felt — unvarnished – and that he would not waver from his convictions. People admired that about the former Democratic state