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When Joan Selma Hult was a professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Kinesiology, she and her colleagues spent every lunch break on the tennis courts.

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Elva Marie Ogan Bryant of Roanoke Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.Elva was born on December 29, 1929 to the late Clarence and Elva Lena Ogan of Corona, California. Elva was one of six children; brothers Ransom and David; sisters, Virginia, SaLoma, Mary Lee.She was preceded …

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Warren G. Rainbolt, 100, of Rockville, MD, passed away on June 29, 2022, from heart disease.

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George Backus Rose died at his home in Pittsburgh on June 13, 2022. George was born in Sheffield, Ala., to Ruth Backus Rose and Cecil Rose Sr. on July 18, 1948. George was a devoted husband to Carolyn Dearman Rose and beloved father to Sara (Chris Langley), Charles, and Merry, whom he and Ca…

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With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to Lee “ALETHA” Phebus who left this world on March 16, 2022. Lee lived with tenacious spirit and was a friend to all. A generational influence of vaudevillian performers, artisans and builders shaped Lee’s character and approach to living. We love her beca…

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It is with sadness that we share the passing of civil rights activist and Howard University alumna, Gloria Richardson, 99. As head of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, Richardson galvanized the community of Cambridge, Maryland against racial segregation and fought for economic justi…

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I am proud to call Dr. Sajjad H. Durrani my friend. While some of my friends, acquaintances and former co-workers for reasons I do not fully understand vote for candidates hell bent on reducing retirement benefits of federal employees and retirees, Saj and I work feverishly on behalf of NARF…

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In August 1987, as Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, I visited communist Bulgaria along with then-Rep. Bill Richardson – later U.N. Ambassador, Secretary of Energy, and Governor of New Mexico – and Amb. Richard Schifter. Dick was, at that time, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rig…

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Judean Memorial Gardens, October 3, 2020 – It is difficult to capture in a brief eulogy the essence of a person or a person’s life when that individual had such a significant impact and such a varied, rich, multi-faceted meaningful life and career. I do not need to stand before you, his fami…

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Richard Schifter who died October 4 at the age of 97 was known around the world as a champion of human rights. He served three presidents over 20 years as ambassador and assistant secretary of state. For the last 20 he continued his humanitarian and human rights advocacy with the quiet firmn…

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I feel a profound personal loss with Cokie's passing. I have known her since she was about three or four years old and her older sister Barbara was in the third grade. In their younger years they attended the Rosary, the Sacred Heart School in New Orleans, for half the year and Stone Ridge f…

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When John Thompson arrived at Archbishop John Carroll High School he was tall, skinny, and shy. After a lot of hard work, became a real force on the court. Our team was the first great success story of an integrated high school athletic team in the Civil Rights era in D.C. We became mythical…