BIPOC in memoriam

Recognizing 30 of the many notable individuals who died in 2021.
​The sequence is according to age.

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Timuel Black

12/7/1918 - 10/13/2021

• civil rights activist • educator • historian • author •

Lucille Times

4/22/1921 - 8/16/2021

• civil rights activist • cafe owner/operator •

Martha White

4/2/1922 - 6/5/2021

• civil rights activist •

Cicely Tyson

12/19/1924 - 1/28/2021

• actress •

Kenneth C. Kelly

3/6/1928 - 2/27/2021

• aerospace engineer • fair housing activist •

Earl Old Person

4/13/1929 - 10/13/2021

• tribal leader of the Blackfeet Nation •

Melvin Van Peebles

8/21/1932 - 9/21/2021

• actor • filmmaker • playwright • novelist • composer 

Bill McCreary

8/8/1933 - 4/4/2021

• first Black television journalists in New York •

Lloyd Price

3/9/1933 - 5/3/2021

• singer • songwriter • bandleader • entrepreneur •

Hank Aaron

2/5/1934 - 1/22/2021

• professional baseball right fielder
and record-breaking batter •

Franklin A. Thomas

5/27/1934 - 12/22/2021

• businessman • philanthropist •

Lee Elder

7/14/1934 - 11/28/2021

• first African American golfer to
play in the Masters Tournament •

Robert Parris Moses

1/23/1935 - 7/25/2021

• activist • educator •

Johnny Pacheco

3/25/1935 - 2/15/2021

• musician • arranger • composer • producer •

Vernon Jordan

8/15/1935 - 3/1/2021

• attorney • business executive • civil rights activist •

Alcee Hastings

9/5/1936 - 4/6/2021

• politician • judge •

Colin Powell

4/5/1937 - 10/18/2021

• Army General • politician • statesman • diplomat •

Clarence Williams III

8/21/1939 / 6/4/2021

• actor •

Yaphet Kotto

11/15/1939 - 3/15/2021

• actor •

Jerry Pinkney

12/22/1939 - 10/20/2021

• illustrator • writer •

Vicente Fernández

2/17/1940 - 12/12/2021

• singer-songwriter • actor • film producer •

Mary Wilson

3/6/1944 - 2/8/2021

• singer • actress • author •

Samuel E. Wright

11/20/1946 - 5/24/2021

• actor • singer •

Lee Evans

2/25/1947 - 5/19/2021

• Olympic sprinter •

Bunny Wailer

4/10/1947 - 3/2/2021

• singer • songwriter • musician •

Maki Kaji

10/8/1951 - 8/10/2021

• businessman • “father of Sudoku” •

bell hooks

9/25/1952 - 12/15/2021

• author • academic • activist •

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

6/8/1956 - 4/10/2021

• historian • activist •

Alvin Sykes

7/21/1956 - 3/19/2021

• civil rights activist •

Virgil Abloh

9/30/1980 - 11/28/2021

• designer • entrepreneur • disc jockey •