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To Be Remembered...

WI Staff | 12/26/2012, 11:09 a.m.

Remembering Harold "Hal" B. Jackson - November 3, 1915 - May 23, 2012 - Jackson was the first black voice on network radio, initially serving as a play-by-play sports reporter in Washington, D.C., and later moving to New York to help establish Inner City, one of the first black-owned broadcasting companies. Hal Jackson, one of the "Founding Fathers" of broadcasting, died Wed., May 23, after more than 70 years in broadcasting. He was 97. Known as a unique pioneer who broke numerous color barriers in the entertainment industry, Jackson was a civil rights crusader, a civic leader, and considered an iconic living legend.

Elizabeth Catlett Remembered - April 15, 1915 - April 2, 2012 - Staff writer Barrington Salmon memorialized Catlett who was an artist regarded as a Giant of 20th and 21st centuries Catlett, 96, died in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which she had made her home for the past 60 years. The Washington D.C. native gained international fame for sculptures and prints that focused on different elements of black life, as well as issues revolving around civil and human rights. Her style is said to have best reflected the social realism brought to the fore by artists like famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, her mentor Grant Wood and her first husband artist Charles White.

Don Cornelius' Death Raises Concern about Suicide September 27, 1936 - February 1, 2012 On the first day of Black History Month, the nation was rocked by news that Don Cornelius, music industry pioneer and founder of the long-running Soul Train television show was dead, apparently the victim of self-inflicted gun hot wound. At age 75, the Associated Press reported, Cornelius had "suffered from health problems, a difficult divorce, and had pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor spousal battery charge in 2009."

Actor, Educator Al Freeman Jr. - March 21, 1934 - August 9, 2012 Beloved actor and recently retired Howard University professor Al Freeman, Jr., died, Aug. 9 at age 78. Freeman was loved for the dignity and respect he brought to such characters as Spike Lee's Elijah Muhammad in the film Malcolm X, and police captain Ed Hall on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live, for which he won an Emmy Award in 1979. A long-time resident of Washington, D.C.'s Southwest marina, Freeman was born Albert Cornelius Freeman, Jr. on March 21, 1934, in San Antonio, Texas. Freeman's other TV credits include "The Cosby Show," "Law and Order," "Homicide: Life On the Street," and "The Edge of the Night." Freeman was remembered by friends, family, fans, and Howard family, as a "gentleman among men" in a remembrance service held at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, Monday, September 10, titled The Life and Legacy of Professor Albert C. Freeman, Jr.

Actor, Larry Hagman September 21, 1931 - November 23, 2012, the actor audiences loved to hate as the character J.R. Ewing on the popular primetime soap opera Dallas, died Friday, November 23, after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

Steven Newsome Celebrated for His Life's Work - September 11, 1952 - September 27, 2012 - Scores of people recently gathered in a noted theater in the District to honor a man who, by way of artistic expression, supported African-American museums, cultural organizations and stressed their intrinsic value to both the community and the country. Steven Cameron Newsome, the former director of the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast, died on Sept. 27. To honor his many accomplishments over the years, a fitting tribute, "A Celebration of Life" program was held at the Arena Stage's The Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest on Sunday, Dec. 2 and his friends and family feted him with a display of dancing, singing and acting as well as personal reflections.