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    Calvin Peete & Charlie Sifford: A Tribute to 2 Legends in Golf and American History

    On Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, Calvin Peete, passed away at the age of 71. Peete was one of the most accomplished golfers in PGA history, and served as a model for African Americans in golf before the arrival of the great Tiger Woods.

    Calvin Peete
    Calvin Peete


    As a tribute to this historic figure in golf and African American history, I have attached an excerpt about Calvin Peete from my documentary, "Rainbow on the Green," which I hope you will take time to view and share with young people in order to spread the history of golf and African American accomplishment for future generations of all colors.


    Earlier in 2015, on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, another golfing legend, Charlie Sifford, the first African American to play professionally on the PGA Tour, passed away at the age of 92. In tribute to this groundbreaking figure, I have attached an excerpt about Mr. Sifford from "Rainbow on the Green" which I also hope you will view and pass forward so that people of all colors will learn about and honor the achievements of these two legendary figures in golf and African American history.

    Charlie Sifford
    Charlie Sifford



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OBITUARIES  2015

Reynaldo Rey -  The veteran entertainer, who spent years opening for Redd Foxx and then became best known for playing the father of one of Ice Cube 's bumbling pals in Friday, died 5/28/15, EW.com reports. He was 75.
Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly -  Detroit R&B and jazz singer Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly, who opened for Motown greats like Stevie Wonder and later entered the ministry, has died. She was 70. Barnes-Kennerly died while on a performance. Barnes-Kennerly had at least two strokes in recent years and died of heart failure.
B.B. King -  Blues legend B.B. King, who took his music from rural juke joints to the mainstream and inspired a generation of guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Las Vegas. He was 89.
Ben E. King -  Ben E. King. King, who was best known for his hit, "Stand By Me," died April 30 of natural causes in his hometown of Teaneck. He was 76.
Ben Powers -  An actor who appeared on the long-running sitcom Good Times died April 6, 2015. Ben Powers played the character of Thelma's husband Keith in the show's sixth and final season between 1978-1979.
Percy Sledge -  Legendary soul singer Percy Sledge has passed away at the age of 73. He was best known for recording the classic 1966 power ballad When a Man Loves a Woman.
Windell D. Middlebrooks -  Windell D. Middlebrooks was found dead 3/9/15 at his home in LA's San Fernando Valley. He was best known for playing the delivery man in the Miller High Life commercials, but was also on several TV shows including Parks And Recreation.
Charmayne Maxwell -  Charmayne Maxwell, a member of the R&B group Brownstone in the 1990s, has died after a mysterious fall. Maxwell was attending a soccer game in Los Angeles when she fell. Her death has been described as an 'accident'.
Earl Lloyd -  Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died 2/26/15. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed his death. It did not provide details.
Anthony Mason -  Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48. Mason died 2/28/15. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier in the month.
Ahmad Givens -   Rapper Ahmad Givens, aka Real, star of the VH1 reality dating game show Real Chance of Love, died at age 33 after battling colon cancer for almost two years.
Jerome Kersey -   Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, died 2/18/15. He was 52.
Ernie Banks -   Ernie Banks, who starred in the Negro Leagues and in the U.S. military before joining the Chicago Cubs and slugging his way to a Hall of Fame career, died on 1/23/15 at the age of 83.
Clifford Adams -   Kool and the Gang trombonist Clifford Adams passed away 1/12/15. He was 62. Adams had been suffering from liver cancer for about a year, but didn't have health insurance to cover the costs of medical care. Adams also played with The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and the Bluebells.
Andrae Crouch -   Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as "The Lion King," died at age 72. Crouch died 1/8/15 after suffering a heart attack.
Stuart Scott -   Scott died at age 49 after a long battle with cancer, ESPN reported on 1/4/2015. That sad news brought an outpouring of grief and memories from sports fans who will remember Scott as one of the most memorable and influential "SportsCenter" anchors in ESPN's long history.





 
 
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