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BLACK HISTORY 2006 DEARLY DEPARTED. LOU RAWLS Johnnie Cochran (Born 1937) Best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson, Johnnie Cochran also represented.

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3 Johnnie Cochran (Born 1937) Best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson, Johnnie Cochran also represented clients like Reginald Denny, Patrick Dorsimond and Amadou Diallo in high profile cases. Cochran began his career as a public attorney and later moved into private practice. (AP)

4 Shirley Horn (Born 1934) Shirley Horn, a talented jazz singer and pianist, was born in Washington, D.C., where she began playing the piano at age four. The musician, admired by jazz lovers around the world, is known for the "timeless sound" of her music. (Getty)

5 Ossie Davis (Born 1917) Actor, activist and film director Ossie Davis acted in more than 50 film, beginning in the 1950s. With his wife of 57 years, Ruby Dee, he collaborated on artistic and social justice projects. (AP)

6 C. Delores Tucker (Born 1927) C. Delores Tucker became the first black secretary of state of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A life of activism followed. She was the founder of the National Congress of Black Women and became an outspoken opponent of gangsta rap. (AP)

7 John H. Johnson (Born 1918) Civil rights champion and founder of Johnson Publishing Company, the publishers of Ebony and Jet magazines, John H. Johnson moved from a childhood of poverty in Arkansas to become one of the most succesful businessmen in America. (AP)

8 Constance Baker Motley (Born 1921) Appointed to a seat in the Southern District of New York in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, she became the first African American woman to serve in the federal judiciary. After graduation from Columbia Law School in 1946, she went to work at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. (AP)

9 Nipsey Russell (Born 1934) Quiet and reserved, comedian Nipsey Russell was best known for his role as the Tin Man in the movie musical 'The Wiz.' However, he had an extensive list of TV credits that went back to 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in the 1950s. (AP)

10 Shirley Chisholm (Born 1934) Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to congress. Born to Caribbean parents, Chisholm, who began her political career in Brooklyn, was also the first black woman to run for president.

11 August Wilson (Born 1945) Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson wrote a celebrated 10-cycle series of plays that chronicled the experience of African Americans in the 20th century. Several of his works were featured on Broadway.

12 Richard Pryor (Born 1940) A comedic genius, Richard Pryor was one of the most influential American comedians. He made a name for himself with provocative, raunchy skits, expressing, among other day-to-day Americanisms, the pains and pleasures of being black.

13 Luther Vandross (Born 1951) R&B crooner Luther Vandross mesmerized fans with his melismatic ballads and colorful personality. He left us with a collection of cherished hit songs. (Redferns

14 Clarence 'Big House' Gaines (Born 1923) Clarence 'Big House' Gaines enjoyed the most successful career of any coach at a historically black college, compiling a 828-447 record in 47 years. The Winston Salem State University legend inspired thousands of students. (AP)


16 A Montgomery Sheriff's Department booking photo of Mrs. Parks. She was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man.

17 Deputy Sheriff D.H. Lackey fingerprints Mrs. Parks on Feb. 22, 1956.

18 E.D. Nixon, former president of the Alabama N.A.A.C.P, escorts Mrs. Parks to her trial on March 19, 1956.

19 Rosa Parks riding a Montgomery, Ala., bus in December 1956, after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation on buses

20 Mrs. Parks speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1969.

21 Mrs. Parks joins President Bill Clinton during a Congressional Black Caucus dinner in Washington in 1996.

22 A visitor to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., looks inside the bus on which Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat.

23 The body of civil rights icon Rosa Parks was transported from the St. Paul AME Church after a memorial service in Montgomery, Ala.

24 Thousands of people passed Sunday night by the remains of Rosa Parks, the first woman to be honored by lying in the Capitol Rotunda.

25 Mrs. Parks and Coretta Scott King, wife of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attending a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Oct. 12, 1988.

26 In Memory of Coretta Scott King Coretta Scott King, widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is shown during an interview at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 1975.

27 King embraces her husband during a news conference at Harlem Hospital in New York, September 1958, where he was recovering from a stab wound following an attack by a woman. At left is his mother, Alberta Williams King.

28 King, left, and Maya Angelou meet reporters after visiting Betty Shabazz, at Jacobi Hospital in June 1997. Shabazz died later that month of burns from a fire set by her grandson.

29 Amid marches and rallies urging approval of the Voting Rights Act, King, left, and Juanita Abernathy, wife of the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, answer questions outside the Selma, Ala., jail in February 1965. At the center is the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

30 The Rev. Jesse Jackson, King, former President Clinton and Rep. John Lewis walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in March 2000. (Stephen Jaffe, AFP/Getty Images)

31 With her husband in jail for 10 days for trying to organize a voter registration drive in Albany, Ga., King and her children pack a basket of food in August 1962.

32 King leads a 'March on Memphis' in April 1968, five days after the assassination of her husband. On her right her daughter Yolanda walks with her brothers Martin and Dexter. On her left are Ralph Abernathy and Andrew Young.

33 King addresses the Democratic National Convention in 1980.

34 Coretta Scott King speaking at an anti-war demonstration in Sheep Meadow in Central Park April 27, 1968.

35 Dr. King and Mrs. King led off the final lap to the state capitol at Montgomery, Ala. in March 25, 1965. Thousands of civil rights marchers joined in the walk, which began in Selma, Ala., on March 21, demanding voter registration rights for blacks.

36 Mrs. King and her daughter, Bernice, at the funeral for Dr. King on April 9, 1968, in Atlanta, Ga.

37 1 ST Lady of the Civil Rights Movement

38 In Memory of Coretta Scott King King during an interview at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in January 2004. At the time there was much discussion about which of the King children -- Yolanda, Martin, Dexter and Bernice -- would carry on their parents' work. (John Bazemore, AP)

39 REST IN PEACE May God wrap you in His loving embrace as he takes you home…. The skies weep for the loss of your presence here on this bitter earth, but our hearts rejoice as we know you have gone on to peace.. We love you Coretta….

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