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Warren Wells, 1947 - 2001 Black Panther
Captain, known as the San Francisco Kid, dead at 54. Ida McCray and Kiilu
Nyasha write, "Like so many of our young Black men (and more recently our
young sisters), Warren got caught up in the revolving-door prison syndrome.
As Soledad Brother George L. Jackson noted, 'Blackmen born in the U.S.
and fortunate enough to live past the age of 18 are conditioned to accept
the inevitability of prison. For most of us, it simply looms as the next
phase in a sequence of humiliations. Being born a slave in a captive society
and never experiencing any objective basis for expectation had the effect
of preparing me for the progressively traumatic misfortunes that lead so
many blackmen to the prison gate. I was prepared for prison.'"
John Lee Hooker 1917 - 2001 Hooker
died Thursday at age 83 in his sleep at his home outside San Francisco.
It was a peaceful conclusion to an epic life, which began in 1917 on a
sharecropper's farm in Mississippi and wound its way to Detroit, where
Hooker at age 31 recorded his first song, became an instant star and established
himself as one of the defining artists of the 20th century.
Joe Moakley, 1927 - 2001 Back in
1990, when Dick Cheney was serving as Secretary of Defense under Bush the
Elder, U.S. Rep. Joe Moakley, D-Mass., was investigating the murders of
six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter on the grounds of a university
in El Salvado.
Gips, Elizabeth,1922-2001 "She said she
was reborn on LSD," said Paddy Long, her partner of 16 years. "She opened
up her mansion on Ashbury to Vietnam protesters. Dead at 79
Richard E. Schultes, 1915 - 2001
Authority on Hallucinogenic Plants, Dies. Another giant gone.
George Oppen, 1908 - 1984 1969 Pulitzer
Prize Winner Named "Major American Poet"
at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1973
Day, Sam 1926 - 2001 Sam Day was a father
to a generation of peace activists and political journalists all across
the country and even abroad. He inspired by his example. Dead January 26,
2001 at 74.
Henandez, George 1945 - 2001 Co-founder
of the Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival Dead at 46
Corso, Gregory 1930 - 2001 A Candid-Voiced
Beat Poet, Dies at 70
Hlavsa, Milan 1952 - 2001 Formed Plastic
People of the Universe, seminal Czech group, in the late 1960s
Lucille Fletcher, 1912 - 2000 Lucille
Fletcher, a writer whose radio dramas included "Sorry, Wrong Number," has
died at age 88.
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