Census: Johnnie Colemon, Edward W. Brooke

Goodbyes are never easy, but when the spirit and soul of a person makes such an impact on the world, their legacy lives on forever.

JET commemorates the recent passing of some influential, irreplaceable individuals.

Edward W. Brooke

October 26, 1919, Washington, D.C. – January 3, 2015, Coral Gables, Fla.

One of the most popular politicians in Massachusetts, Edward W. Brooke made history when he became the first African American Senator in 1966. As a Black Protestant Republican, Brooke’s political agenda influenced anti-poverty laws and discreetly approached civil rights legislation, even as he represented a state that was more than 95 percent White. He was known for his charismatic personality and independence.

Read more about the legacy of Edward W. Brooke, here.

Reverend Johnnie Coleman
February 18, 1920, Columbus, Miss. – December 23, 2014, Chicago

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Referred to as the First Lady of the New Thought Christian Community, Rev. Johnnie Coleman founded Christ Universal Temple in 1956 and served as Senior Minister for 50 years. Al leader and spiritual pioneer, Coleman influenced the New Thought movement which exercises a metaphysical interpretation of the Bible, focusing on healing, meditation and positive thought. Rev. Coleman is survived by her husband, Leon Blair.

Read Rev. Johnnie Coleman’s legacy, here.

A Memorial Service for Rev. Coleman will be held on Monday, January 5 at 11 a.m., Christ Universal Temple 11901 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott
July 19, 1965, Chicago – January 4, 2015, Avon, CT.

Energetic and known for making phrases such as “boo-ya” a staple in sports journalism, Stuart Scott was committed to his craft and became a respected anchor and personality on SportsCenter and ESPN. In July, Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs and delivered a heartfelt message to his two daughters. Throughout his career, he covered the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, and NCAA Tournament.

Read more about Stuart Scott contribution and legacy in sports journalism, here.