Amelia Boynton Robinson, who led voting drives and ran for Congress as a civil rights activist in Alabama, and whose severe beating by police during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., shocked the nation, died Aug. 26 at a hospital in Montgomery, Ala. She was 104.
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Robert Beavers, who began his 37-year career with the McDonald’s fast-food chain as a $1-an-hour restaurant employee and became a top executive and the first African-American to serve on the corporation’s board of directors, died Aug. 19 while vacationing in Tibet. He was 71.
George Houser, a white Methodist minister who helped lead an interracial bus trip across the segregated South in 1947, an act of nonviolent resistance that years later inspired the better known Freedom Rides that stirred the civil rights movement, died Aug. 19 in Santa Rosa, California. He was 99.
William Jay Smith, who wrote poetry with classical precision and childlike whimsy and who was a globe-trotting poetry consultant to the Library of Congress for two years, died Aug. 18 at a hospital in Pittsfield, Mass. He was 97.
Anna Kashfi, an actress who played exotic beauties on screen and who went through a brief, turbulent marriage to Marlon Brando, has died at a care center in Woodland, Wash. She was 80.
In the late 1970s Tony Gleaton was immersed in the glossy world of New York fashion photography, aspiring to craft images for major magazines. “I used to live and die between the pages of British Vogue,” he once recalled with chagrin.
Merl Reagle, the imaginative and irrepressibly amusing verbal virtuoso who created the crossword puzzles published each week in The Washington Post Magazine and in many other newspapers, died Aug. 22 in a hospital in Tampa, Florida. He was 65.
LOS ANGELES — Bud Yorkin, a veteran producer-director who brought Hollywood headliners into America’s living rooms through live television in the 1950s before rocking the conventions of network comedy with partner Norman Lear through “All in the Family” and other provocative hits, died Tuesday at his home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 89.
Former U.S. representative Louis Stokes, an Ohio Democrat who became his state’s first black congressman and served 30 years representing a portion of Cleveland, where his brother was elected the first African American mayor of a major American city, has died. He was 90.
LOS ANGELES — Yvonne Craig, the ballet dancer turned Batgirl who played one of the first female superheroes on television, has died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.