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Famous Black Women Who Died in 2010

African American Women Who Will Be Missed


Here are some of the most famous African American women who passed away in 2010.

1. Abbey Lincoln, Age 80

Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer and songwriter known for her phrasing, emotion and uncompromising style, died August 14, 2010 in New York at age 80. She had been declining in health for the past year.

2. Albertina Walker, Age 81

Albertina Walker's singing once stopped the filming of a movie because so many actors were moved to tears by the "Queen of Gospel." The Grammy-winning singer died of respiratory failure October 8, 2010 at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago, said her granddaughter.

3. Dorothy Height, Age 98

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.

4. Eunice W. Johnson, Age 93

According to BlackRefer.com, "."Eunice W. Johnson gave Ebony magazine its name and for almost 50 years produced an influential traveling fashion show that brought haute couture to African Americans while raising millions of dollars for charity Ms. Johnson died of renal failure at her Chicago home on January 4, 2010.

5. Lena Horne, Age 92

Singer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. An enchanting jazz singer and actress, Horn reviled the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them. According to an article in New York Dail News, Horn was reported to have said in a 1982 interview, "I had things in my life that helped me fight off the bitterness... But I didn't really enjoy my career until I was 50. I always felt like an outsider." Horn died May 9, 2010 at the age of 92 at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

6. Marva Wright, Age 62

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.

7. Shirley Verrett, Age 79

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.

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