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Sixers great and NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81

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A 10-time All-Star, Greer played all of his 15-year career with the Sixers, formerly the Syracuse Nationals, who drafted him with the 13th pick of the 1958 draft.

During the Sixers’ 1966-67 title run, Greer averaged a team-high 27.7 points over 15 playoff games and helped Philadelphia dethrone the reigning eight-year champion Boston Celtics.

Greer, who scored more than 20,000 points in his career, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Rest in peace.

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Black Leaders Pay Tribute To Sen. John McCain Who Leaves A Mixed Legacy With African Americans

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African-American leaders sent condolences to the family of Sen. John McCain, who leaves a mixed legacy with the Black community.

McCain succumbed on Saturday to his battle against brain cancer. The lawmaker and Vietnam War hero, who ran twice for U.S. president, died at his home in Arizona at age 81.

“Today we not only lost a war hero and savvy politician but a man that always put true American values before himself. He was often open to dialogue and conversation about some of this country’s most controversial issues, and he will forever be remembered for his fighting spirit,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said. “We send our condolences to the McCain family and the constituents he proudly served in Arizona for 33 years.”

President Barack Obama, who ran for president in 2008 against McCain, tweeted this message:

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George Walker, first African-American composer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 96

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eorge Walker had always thought of himself as a pianist, not a composer. Born in Washington, he was the first black graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and in 1945 made his professional debut in a solo recital at New York’s Town Hall.

By his telling, it was the first time a black instrumentalist had performed at the venue – a milestone that he replicated two weeks later, when he became the first black instrumentalist to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“It was then,” he later told the New York Times, “I discovered the stigma of race.”

Dr. Walker, who died Aug. 23 at 96, at a hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, found limited success as a concert pianist, despite early critical acclaim and support from leading pianists such as Rudolf Serkin, his instructor at Curtis. He said he faced racial discrimination – “a pressure-resistant stone wall” – from managers, talent agencies and orchestras who passed over him for white performers. At the same time, he suffered agonizing stomach pain, ulcer attacks that left him hospitalized for as long as a month.

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died

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