Derrick Albert Bell Jr. was a law professor, legal scholar and racial justice advocate. He was a man of many accomplishments and was best known for his work in the field of critical race theory, a term he coined that embodies scholarship on race, racism and power, and examines how racism is embedded in all laws and legal institutions. He died October 5 from carcinoid cancer at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He was 80.
Bell’s work in promoting the study of critical race theory has inspired similar disciplines such as Latino Critical Race Studies and Asian American Critical Race Studies. He was described as being both an iconoclast and a community leader.
He was born on Nov. 6, 1930, in Pittsburgh to Derrick Albert and Ada Elizabeth Childress. After graduating from Schenley High School near Pittsburgh’s Hill District, he became the first member of his family to go to college, attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1952.
A member of the R.O.T.C. at Duquesne, he was later an Air Force officer for two years, one of them in Korea. Afterward he attended the University of Pittsburgh Law School, where he was the only Black student, earning his degree in 1957.
After his stint at the Justice Department, he headed the Pittsburgh office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, leading efforts to integrate a public swimming pool and a skating rink. Later, assigned to Mississippi, he supervised more than 300 school desegregation cases.
In 1969, after teaching briefly at the University of Southern California, he was recruited and hired by Harvard Law School, where students were pressuring the administration to appoint a Black professor. Bell conceded that he did not have the usual qualifications for a Harvard professorship, like a federal court clerkship or a degree from a top law school.
Although he worked tirelessly to expose racism, Bell was not an eternal optimist. His idea of “the interest convergence dilemma” said that whites would not join efforts to improve the position of Blacks unless they found it in their interest.
In addition to his scholarly contributions, Bell believed that his personal decisions made as much of a statement about his beliefs as did the content of any of his professional work, a sentiment he expressed in his 2002 memoir “Ethical Ambition.”
“Your faith in what you believe must be a living, working faith that draws you away from comfort and security, and toward risk through confrontation,” he wrote.
Bell lived this maxim throughout his life, seemingly undeterred by the lure of prestige or power, and many of his most storied accomplishments were accompanied by resignations and protest.
In 1971, Bell became the first tenured Black professor at Harvard Law School, but he resigned from the prestigious post when he felt he had been discriminated against after a white university vice president tried to purchase a house that Bell had been previously offered through university.
While working at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Bell resigned from his job after his bosses advised him to give up his NAACP membership because they felt it was a conflict of interest.
In 1980, Bell became the first Black dean of a non-HBCU law school when he accepted the position at the University of Oregon School of Law. Bell’s tenure as dean was short lived, however. He resigned in 1985 when an Asian woman was denied tenure at the school.
Bell’s final act of professional protest occurred when he was invited back to Harvard to teach. He vowed to take an unpaid leave of absence until the school agreed to add a Black woman on its tenured faculty for the first time. Bell eventually left Harvard behind the incident and began teaching at New York University School of Law, where he worked until his death.
Bell is survived by: wife, Janet Dewart Bell; children, Derrick A. Bell III, Douglas Dubois Bell and Carter Robeson Bell; two sisters, Janet Bell and Constance Bell; and a brother, Charles Bell.
—BET News and The New York Times contributed to this report.
George K. McKinney served as U.S. marshal for the District of Columbia and was the first African American to be appointed U.S. marshal for Maryland.
He died June 17, 2012, of leukemia at his home in Baltimore, Md. He was 77.
“It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the passing of my dear friend, retired U.S. marshal George K. McKinney,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a statement. “George held the distinct honor of being the only African American appointed U.S. marshal to two different jurisdictions by two different presidents.”
The son of a Morgan State University professor and Coppin State University registrar, McKinney was descended from slaves. He was born in Providence, R.I., and raised in Boston, Petersburg, Va., and Richmond, Va., where he graduated from high school in 1952.
After graduating from Morgan State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1956, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. McKinney served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a master paratrooper, jump master and jungle expert, and completed tours of duty in Korea and the Panama Canal Zone and at Fort Bragg, N.C.
After being discharged with the rank of captain in 1965, McKinney worked for a year as a classification and corrections officer at the Maryland State Penitentiary.
From 1966 to 1968, he was a deputy U.S. marshal for the District of Maryland. When Vietnam anti-war protesters attempted to shut down the Pentagon, McKinney assisted in the effort that staved them off. When Cassius Clay refused induction into the Army in Houston in 1967, McKinney was one of the deputy marshals sent to Texas to make sure there was no trouble.
He then joined the National Security Agency at Fort Meade as a special agent and polygraph examiner. During this period from 1968 to 1973, McKinney, in his capacity as a special agent, was involved with more then 1,000 national security investigations, and was also a member of numerous special civil rights details.
In 1973, he was appointed U.S. marshal for the District of Columbia by President Richard M. Nixon.
“As the U.S. marshal for the District of Columbia, he became the only marshal who personally served a subpoena on President Nixon ordering him to turn over the Watergate tapes,” said a daughter, Monica McKinney-Lupton of Glen Arm.
On April 18, 1974, U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica ordered McKinney to serve President Nixon the subpoena regarding the White House tapes.
President Nixon’s chief defense counsel, James D. St. Clair, told McKinney that delivering the subpoena was unconstitutional. When McKinney threatened to deputize the White House Secret Service detail in order to comply with Judge Sirica’s orders, the president’s lawyer agreed to a meeting with Nixon.
McKinney wasn’t sure what the reaction would be from the man who had just appointed him U.S. marshal for the District of Columbia and realized he could be fired.
“Any time you’re dealing with the chief executive in an adversarial role — that’s different,” McKinney said in a 1995 interview with The Baltimore Sun.
“But I was worried. When backed into a corner, there was no telling what Nixon might do.”
The president accepted the subpoena from McKinney, who left his D.C. marshal post in 1977.
From 1977 to 1994, he held numerous high-level, executive management positions with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. Some of the positions included serving as director of justice protective services, assistant director for physical security, senior security specialist, operations security officer and computer security officer.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed McKinney as U.S. marshal for Maryland, the first African American to hold that position in the state since the founding of the U.S. Marshal Service in 1789.
“I think it says a lot about the district of Maryland and the country,” McKinney said at the time. “Minority marshals are relatively new. But it’s something I’ve aspired to ever since I was a deputy. I wanted to be in the top job.”
In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. Marshal Service for the District of Maryland was directed by the U.S. attorney general to “assume and manage all security operations” at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport, his daughter said.
The airport remained under Mr. McKinney’s purview for 60 days until it was taken over by the Maryland National Guard and then the Transportation Security Administration.
McKinney retired in 2002.
Since then, he had been head of George K. McKinney Consultations, which advised on security and administrative operations for government, private and nonprofit organizations, as well as executive protection and security background investigations.
McKinney was also CEO for Clamar Inc., a property management organization, advising on personal and physical security matters.
His professional memberships included the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the International Organization of Chiefs of Police.
Throughout his professional life, McKinney’s work earned him many honors including the U.S. Marshals Service Director’s Award in 2000. He was also inducted into the Morgan State University ROTC and Psychology halls of fame.
McKinney was a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He was also a longtime, active member of Union Baptist Church, where he was chairman of the deacon board and former president of the Men’s League.
He was a genealogist and had traced his family’s roots to the Ashanti people of Ghana.
His wife of 49 years, the former Mildred Sensabaugh, a Morgan University professor, died in 2000.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. McKinney is survived by two sons, Hiram K. McKinney of Lutherville and Richard T. McKinney of Liberty Township, Ohio; another daughter, Marla McKinney-Smiley of Baltimore; a sister, Phyllis Z. Bynum of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services were held June 30 at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.
Henry L. Moore was a Tuskegee Airman.
He died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. He was 91.
He was born April 8, 1921, in Ocilla, Ga. to the late Andrew and Eliza Moore. Moore graduated as valedictorian from Ocilla High School in 1940. Like many young people at that time he decided to go North to try to escape segregation and poverty.
After going to Newark, N.J., to stay with his sister, Moore received a letter from the local draft board. He arrived with a busload of draftees to Fort Dix, N.J., on Sept. 22, 1942.
In June 1943, he graduated with the only class of Black airplane mechanics at Lincoln Airbase in Nebraska, which comprised the 789th Technical Training Squadron. One half of the class went to Tuskegee. He was with the half sent to Selfridge Field, Mich., to comprise the ground crew of the Fifteenth Air Force 332nd Fighter Group, a sizeable part of the Tuskegee Airmen, in Italy. In 1944, Moore became a crew chief and worked on B-25 bombers throughout the Mediterranean Theater, as portrayed in the film “Red Tails.”
He transferred to the famed 99th Fighter Squadron at Ramitelli, Italy. They were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. His awards and medals included seven battle stars as well as European campaign ribbons. Moore was honorably discharged from the 100th Fighter Squadron in October 1945.
Moore was a life member of Tuskegee Airman International. Less than two months ago he was elected parliamentarian for the second time, having served the national board position from 2006 to 2008. He also served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter. In 2007, he attended the prestigious ceremony when the Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal.
“Aside from his great accomplishments, he felt that his most important role was as a husband, father, grandfather and mentor to many,” his family said.
Moore attended West Virginia State College (now University) on the G.I. Bill. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics, magna cum laude with minors in both mathematics and education. In 1960, Moore obtained a master’s degree in physics from Temple University.
From 1951 to 1973, Moore had a rewarding career in physics and electronics engineering. He began as a research physicist at the Philadelphia Naval Base. He continued his work at the Diamond Laboratories in Washington, D.C., and the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia. After 26 years of U.S. government service he retired as a supervisory electronic engineer at the U.S. Naval Air Development Center in Johnsville.
Moore joined the School District of Philadelphia as a teacher of science and math at Roosevelt Middle School and went on to teach at Abraham Lincoln High School. After he retired from teaching in 1983, he was busier than ever with various interests. His writings were often published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Letters to the Editor section.
In 1961, Moore joined Summit Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy where he was ordained as an elder. He served on several boards and was the president of both the Deacons and Trustees. He sang in the church choir and also played the trumpet at church on special occasions.
He became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at West Virginia State. He served as president of Nu Sigma Philadelphia Chapter and Eastern Regional treasurer. As a lifetime member of Sigma he was elected to the Distinguished Service Chapter in 1991.
It was at West Virginia State that Moore met his wife the first day on campus in the registration line. He married Mary Ion Ewell on Sept. 8, 1951.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Moore is survived by two daughters, Nadene Moore and Meva Justice; son-in-law, Kenneth Justice; grandsons, Keith and Mark Justice; sister, Dr. Mildred Trice and brother-in-law, Dr. William Trice; sister-in-law, Rhoda Ewell; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Sept. 22 at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m.
Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Melvin R. "Randy" Primas Jr., 62, the first African American mayor of Camden died March 1. He had bone-marrow cancer and lived in Fort Mill, S.C.
Primas was a key backer in the city's economic recovery efforts. He was first elected to City Council at age 23 and was elected mayor at 31.
On Friday, Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all municipal buildings in Primas' honor.
Primas was elected mayor three times before being appointed by Gov. James J. Florio to head the state Department of Community Affairs in 1990.
After a stint as an executive for Commerce Capital Markets, then part of Commerce Bank, Mr. Primas returned to Camden in 2002 as its state-appointed chief operating officer following Trenton's takeover of the city.
He resigned in 2006 in a dispute with state Community Affairs Commissioner Susan Bass Levin over a memorandum of understanding that he refused to sign.
Primas was a friend of former State Sen. Wayne Bryant, a Camden County Democrat who is currently serving a four-year jail sentence on corruption charges for funneling millions to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in exchange for employment.
Primas was scheduled to be a witness in Bryant's second corruption trial, which began in January in Trenton. Prosecutors got the judge's permission to take a deposition from Primas because his poor health kept him from appearing in court.
A 1971 graduate of Howard University, Primas went on to become a vice president of Burger King Entities. After being elected to City Council, he became its president.
He was a trustee of Rowan University from 1993 to 1999.
Primas is survived by his wife, Bonita, and two sons, Melvin 3rd and Craig.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Rosamond Sylvester Lindsey, known to many as Syl, was an educator and principal in the Philadelphia School District. He was also a charter member of Omega Psi Phi, Beta Gamma-Cheyney. He died Sept. 4. He was 86.
Lindsey was born July 16, 1925, to Rosamond Burnell Lindsey and Christina Brown Lindsey in Philadelphia. His family relocated to Schwenkville, Pa., where he began his elementary education. He spent two years in Schwenkville. The next two years of schooling were spent in Kulpsville, Pa. The family’s next real move was to Pennlyn, Pa., where he completed five years of his schooling. He graduated from Abington High School in Abington, Pa.
The United States Army drafted Lindsey in October 1944. He served in the European Theater. After completing his military service, he returned to the States to continue his education at Cheyney State University. He received his bachelor of science degree in elementary education. While at Cheyney, he was initiated as a charter member of Beta Gamma Chapter, Omega Psi Phi. He was a financial member of Mu Omega Chapter and was recently recognized as a 60 plus member of omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He furthered his education at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He became a teacher at the G.W. Childs School and later rose to the ranks of Principal. He retired from the School District of Philadelphia in July of 1991.
He received Jesus Christ at an early age at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Pennlyn. He joined Union Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Laurance George Henry. He left Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Laurance George Henry to become a founding member of Christ Community Baptist Church.
As a member, he was in the trustee ministry where he served as ministry leader and treasurer. He was a financial member of the men’s ministry and supported Christ Community Baptist Church in all of its endeavors.
Among his other endeavors were Roundtable, Sunday Supper Club, Viri Viginit and Ye Olde Philadelphia Club. He was counted among the Lords for Top ladies of distinction.
He married Christine Henry on August 25, 1956 by Rev. Joseph Kirkland. From this union, they had three children.
Lindsey leaves to mourn: wife, Christine; three children, Rosamond Sylvester Lindsey Jr., Christine Nanette Lindsey Steptoe and Laurie Elizabeth Lindsey; daughter-in-law, Shahnaz Lindsey Muhammad; son-in-law, Nicholas Steptoe; seven grandchildren, Lauren, Laurance, Darius, Aiysha, Khalid, Nicholas Jr., and Jeremy; brother, Theodore Lawrence Lindsey; brothers-in-law, John Henry and Russell Gardner; sisters-in-law, Verna Gardner, Doris Johnson and Gloria Carlisle and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held Sept. 12 at Christ Community Baptist Church, 1224-30 North 41st St. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will start at 11. Waller-Robinson Gray Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Junious Alexander Rhone Jr., known to all who knew him as “Jay,” formed his own computer business, “WARP10 Solutions.”
In April 2010, after many years of working on, building and fixing problem computers for friends, family and clients, he became certified as an IT technician.
In 2011, he received his Microsoft certification as a systems administrator. He also maintained and designed the Mount Carmel Baptist Church website.
Rhone died on Feb. 7 after a short illness. He was 51.
Rhone was born in 1961 in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day. He was the only child of Junious A. Rhone Sr. and Shirley Redcross Rhone.
He attended Waldron Academy and graduated from Friends Central High School. Following his graduation from Friends, he attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. and Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where he majored in business administration.
He was baptized at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in his early years, and later, as an adult, served on the usher board. He moved on to join the trustee board of the Church and to serve as chair of the Computerization Committee.
He first married April Alexander with whom he has a son, Junious A. Rhone III, who is better known as “Alex.” On September 24, 1993, he later married Robin Dickerson.
His work career includes several years as a Pay-Per-View Manager and Supervisor at the former Wade Cablevision. Later, he was employed by Comcast Cable as a National Marketing Coordinator, a Customer Service Supervisor and as a National Service and Installation Project Coordinator.
His family said he excelled at training others. He worked for both the Metropolitan Career Center and at Solutions for Progress in the capacity of trainer. He moved on to work for Action AIDS in Philadelphia, as an IS Technical Support Specialist.
At the time of his death, he was employed once again at the Comcast organization, this time as a business service technician in the company’s Horsham office.
In this capacity, he assisted business subscribers with their cable, television, telephone and internet problems and concerns. At the same time, he was also enrolled at the New Horizons Computer Learning Center in pursuit of a MCTIP certification in Windows 7.
Following his diagnosis of multiple myeloma more than a decade ago, he became an ardent advocate for the Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia), participating in their many programs and being a part of a support group.
Rhone’s family said he loved all things Star Trek, DC comics books, especially Superman, working on computers, going fly fishing, listening to the music of the Beatles, Prince, Yolanda Adams and Elton John, cheering and praying for the Philadelphia Eagles, cultivating his vegetable garden and building remote control model airplanes.
He was remembered as cherishing his family with a passion. He was devoted to his church. He endeavored to be loyal to his many friends. He was a people person, possessed an inquiring mind and quick wit, loved his cat Coco and especially, his bichon frise, Callie, whom some of his family members referred to as his “daughter.”
Rhone is survived by: parents, Junious Sr. and Shirley; wife, Robin; his son, Junious III; daughter-in-law, Ronnecia; uncle, Mercer A. Redcross Sr.; great-aunt, Zetherine Rhone; and a host of cousins and friends.
Services will be held Feb. 17 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race St. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will start at 11 a.m. Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
A strong and passionate voice for those too sick, addicted, uneducated or oppressed to speak for themselves, Rev. Curtis William Wadlington was a force of life that inspired and empowered many.
He died Aug. 9, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 55.
Born in Philadelphia on July 31, 1957, as one of six children to the late Eugene Elmore Wadlington and the late Hazel Elizabeth Wadlington, both of Philadelphia, Wadlington was known and respected in many circles. He was known in religious circles for his clergy work, in human service circles for his work with wayward youth and recovering addicts, and in the gay and lesbian community for helping develop and establish BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues), the nation’s first and largest AIDS prevention organization.
What began as an effort in 1986 to educate often-ignored people about a little-known and much-feared virus, BEBASHI grew from operating on a $50,000 budget to operating on a $2 million budget for programs that targeted more than 25,000 people a year.
Wadlington grew up in Southwest Philadelphia and was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. He graduated with honors from Community College of Philadelphia with an associate’s degree in sociology. Wadlington continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the time of his death, had been accepted into Temple University’s Honors Program, majoring in theology.
His approach to addressing social issues was often unique and ahead of its time. With BEBASHI, he tried to minimize the discomfort of discussing safe sex with teenagers by having them blow up condoms and examine the texture.
The kids “see (the condoms) are just latex,” he said in a story in the Philadelphia Daily News.
“After that, we make sure (the kids) understand that if they don’t use one, they put their life at risk.”
When a Christmas toy drive delivered hundreds of collected toys to HIV-infected children at city hospital clinics and living in shelters, Wadlington told a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, “We try to give some happiness in the midst of the struggle.”
Such mercy and compassion was typical for Wadlington. At the age of 16, he became the youngest person licensed by the United Methodist Church as a lay speaker.
He began a career in human services as a youth and family services counselor for delinquent youth in the family courts, mental health technician to special education experimental classrooms, and educational liaison to the board of education for dependent and neglected youth in treatment. He put that experience to work in the early 1980s to assist a friend, Rhasidah Abdul Khabeer, in developing BEBASHI.
Wadlington traveled in the United States and Africa developing prevention education programs and serving as a consultant to the National Football League, World Health Organization, African National Congress, Cameroon Ministry of Health, U.S. Army, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous others.
Longtime community activist, David Fair, in a Facebook post, called Wadlington “One of the unsung heroes of my life ... who taught me so much and proved how powerful an unbroken spirit can be.”
When churches were initially confused about how to respond to HIV/AIDS, Wadlington began visiting hospitals, ministering hope and preaching funerals because no one else would. He believed everyone had a right to access God, and he used that as his mantra.
In 1995, and with 25 members, Wadlington founded and served as senior pastor at The Church Down the Way located in Millcreek, which was at the time one of the most violent and drug infested neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
The church soon established Millcreek Community Partnerships, a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for arts and culture, education, community based-initiatives, urban re-development and empowerment in Mill Creek.
Wadlington’s sister, Cheryl Ann Wadlington, called her brother “my hero, my friend, the family patriarch and the reason for the success” of her Evoluer House non-profit for at-risk teen girls.
“He saved souls and transformed the lives of people around the world. My brother left a legacy of greatness and goodness. He will live on in the hearts of many,” said Cheryl Ann.
Wadlington was preceded in death by brother, Eugene and sisters, Edna and Linda Wadlington.
Wadlington is survived by sisters, Cheryl Ann Wadlington, Rashida Abdul Karim and Jean Francis Wadlington; brothers, Albert Wadlington and Kenneth Wadlington; nephew, Justin Wadlington and niece, Chantay Wadlington, whom he helped raise; three young men he raised as sons, Darnell Simpson, Isaiah Proctor and Shadow Harris; special friends, Carlene Wyche and Cass Green; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held August 25 at Ward A.M.E. Church, 4301 Aspen St. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd.
Paul S. Terry Jr., former president of Terry Funeral Home, died March 7, 2012, at Chestnut Hill Hospital, after a short illness.
He was 73.
Terry was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University, Oxford, Pa., and completed Eckels College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation in 1960, he became a member of the family business.
Terry Funeral Home dates back to 1938 when his father, Paul S. Terry Sr. and mother, Frances E. Tyson Terry, started the family owned business in Pleasantville, N.J. Terry assumed the role of head funeral director in 1974 when his father became adviser to the operation. After his father’s death in 1986, Paul Jr. became president, and operated Terry Funeral Home with his younger brother Thompson Terry Sr. who preceded him in death in 1997. In 2000, he sold the business and retired. Terry Funeral Home had taken on a new president, Gregory T. Burrell, and Terry remained as a consultant until 2009.
Though the funeral home was the main focus in Terry’s life, he did make time for family and many service and social organizations. In 1987, Terry married his wife, Nellie Booker Terry; they enjoyed a rich life together until her death in 2011. They delighted in travel and being seen during the social season at fundraisers and galas.
Though Terry was a native Philadelphian he was very proud of his ties to his descendants in Pleasantville, N.J., and Reading, Pa. It was at Charles Evans Cemetery that Terry always made a point of maintaining the family plot for all holidays. The site dates back to the early 1800s.
He was most known for his work with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Guardsmen, The Frontiersman, The Commissioners and the Olde Philadelphia Club. As a member of the Olde Philadelphia Club, he was voted in as vice president. He was the first person in the club’s history to be voted into office, under the age of 35.
He is survived by his nephews, Thompson Terry Jr. and Gordon Terry; cousins, Edward Terry and James McKee; stepdaughter, Faye Campbell; and other relatives and friends.
The first viewing will be held March 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Terry Funeral Home, 4203 Haverford Avenue. A transition service will be held March 18 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church, 647 North 42nd Street.
A second viewing will be held March 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11. Burial will be in Charles Evans Cemetery.
Veteran Emmy Award-winning actor Al Freeman Jr. has died. He was 78-years-old.
The son of African-American stage actor Al Freeman (1884-1956), Al Freeman Jr. was born Albert Cornelius Freeman Jr. on March 21, 1934, in San Antonio, Texas. The cause of death, which occurred Aug. 9, 2012, has not been disclosed.
His career, as an actor primarily, as well as a writer and director, spanned several decades, dating back to the 1950s.
He made his big screen debut in 1960’s melodrama “The Rebel Breed.”
Most notably, in 1967, Freeman Jr. co-starred with Shirley Knight in the film version of Leroi Jones’ (Amiri Baraka’s) off-Broadway play Dutchman, in a performance that earned him excellent reviews, and further attention for his portrayal of a Black subway passenger victimized by a frantic, white woman.
Dutchman would later be adapted for the screen, with Freeman Jr. and Knight reprising their roles — a film we’ve featured on this site on more than one occasion, and will likely feature again shortly, in light of today’s news.
Three years later, Freeman Jr. co-starred with Patty Duke in the landmark TV movie, “My Sweet Charlie” (1970). He played a volatile New York City lawyer stranded in a small Texas town with a white, unwed mother.
Freeman Jr. is likely best known to daytime-drama fans for his lengthy stint as Lt. Ed Hall on “One Life to Live” — a role that won him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series in 1979, and setting his place in history as the first African-American actor to win that specific award.
And more recently, he’ll also be remembered for his portrayal of Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s 1992 opus “Malcolm X” — a role he first played in the 1979 miniseries, “Roots: The Next Generations.” He received an NAACP image award for his movie portrayal.
Freeman was also a screenwriter, penning screenplays for Ossie Davis’ “Countdown at Kusini” (1976), and was a director himself, helming (and starring in) the 1971 feature A Fable, from a script written by Amiri Baraka, based on his own play (“The Slave: A Fable”), about a Black radical who violently and fatally torments his white ex-wife and children, after they start a new family with a white man.
On TV, Freeman Jr. appeared in serials like “The Cosby Show” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
His Broadway theatre credits include “Blues for Mister Charlie” (1964), “Look to the Lilies” (1970) and “Medea” (1974).
Up until his death, Freeman Jr. was a professor at Howard University in the Department of Theatre Arts, teaching acting. He served as chairman/artistic director of the department for six years.
Viola Malcolm was an evangelist. Her family said she was a strong, virtuous woman. She was stern but compassionate. Her family said she was always caring towards others, and sharing.
After a major car accident in September of 1982 in Fayetteville, N.C., she became paralyzed from the fourth vertebrate. Malcolm lost movement from mid torso on down. However, this did not stop her from praying, prophesying and ministering to people wherever she went.
Malcolm died on Jan. 31. She was 83.
Malcolm was the daughter of Frank Bradley and Ada Slappy in Coatesville. She was one of eight children. Much like her mother, she loved to sew and dress fashionably. Her father passed on to her the talents of art, music and preaching the Gospel.
She received her full education in the Coatesville School District until she graduated. She soon met and married Bobbie Lester Malcolm, a Mason who served in the Korean War and who was a member of the NAACP.
She relocated to Bridgeton, N.J. and raised a family. She had 14 children though some of them were complicated births.
Malcolm began working in the Bridgeton Hospital and preaching at local churches which introduced her call to God. After this, her husband became ill with cancer. She took care of him until he died.
In the late 1960s, Malcolm relocated to Philadelphia. She united with Deliverance Evangelistic Church who took the family in and gave them a new start.
She then sought out avenues to fulfill her career in theology. She received her degree in evangelism from the Dr. Howard Jameson Bible Institute. It was through her father’s preaching, playing the piano and organ, and making crosses that he donated to churches that she formed her style in God. Her father invited her to preach at the churches in Hayti located outside of Coatesville. She also preached in many churches throughout Philadelphia.
Malcolm was a member of Apostle Prophet Joel Charleston’s church and served on the Mother’s Board under pastor Selma Allison of the Holy Ground Church in South Philadelphia. Her family said she spoke in tongue and prophesy and that she performed many miracles including praying for a blind girl who later received her sight.
Her family said she also loved knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed making her own dolls, clothing, hats, pocket books, shawls, scarves, gloves and boots. She had a heart for missionary work and collaborated with televangelist Peter Popoff and the Benny Hinn Ministries. Before she took ill, she had plans to donate her own personal, hand-crafted dolls to Rod Parsley Ministries to be transported to underprivileged children in Africa.
Malcolm leaves to mourn: children, Marcus L. Malcolm (Christina), Leonard Malcolm (Florence), Shirley Langron (Mikel), Roland Malcolm, Kosmoe Malcolm (Sharon), Vincent Malcolm (Ernestine) and Howard Malcolm; three siblings, James “Buster” Bradley, Frances Craven and Sheron Bradley; 23 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Malcolm was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bobbie Malcolm; and three siblings, Louis Bradley Jones, Joyce Hines and Dorothy Bradley.
Services will be held Feb. 11 at the First Baptist Church of Passtown, 117 Barber Ave, Coatesville. The viewing will be at 9 a.m. The service will start at 10.
Wright Funeral & Cremation Services handled the arrangements.