Here are some of the most famous African American women who passed away in 2010.
Passed 4/20/10 of natural causes. According to the New York Times, Ms.Height is widely credited as the first person in the modern civil rights era to treat the problems of equality for women and equality for African-Americans as a seamless whole, merging concerns that had been largely historically separate. Height led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. The hospital said in a statement she died of natural causes.
Marva Wright, a New Orleans blues and soul singer who worked the clubs on Bourbon Street for many years, died at 62 on March 23, 2010 at her daughter's home in New Orleans. According to the Washington Post, during 2005 and 2006, Ms. Wright lived in Prince George's County and worked the local clubs in DC after she had lost her home during Hurricane Katrina.
Shirley Verrett, an acclaimed American mezzo-soprano and soprano praised for her blazing intensity during a career that spanned four decades, died November 5, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 79 from heart trouble. According to the New York Times, In the early days, like black artists before her, she experienced racial prejudice, as she recounts in her memoir, “I Never Walked Alone.” In 1959 the conductor Leopold Stokowski hired her to sing the Wood Dove in a performance of Schoenberg’s “Gurrelieder” with the Houston Symphony, but the orchestra’s board would not allow a black soloist to appear.