Richardson led civil rights protests
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gloria Richardson’s determination not to back down while protesting racial inequality was captured in a photograph as she pushed aside the bayonet of a National Guardsman while she was trying to calm protesters.
Richardson was the first woman to lead a prolonged grassroots civil rights movement outside the Deep South. In 1962, she helped organized and led the Cambridge Movement on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with sit-ins to desegregate restaurants, bowling alleys and movie theaters in protests that marked an early part of the civil rights movement.
Richardson became the leader of demonstrations over bread and butter economic issues like jobs, health care access and sufficient housing.
“Everything that the Black Lives Matter movement is working at right now is a continuation of what the Cambridge Movement was doing,” said Joseph R. Fitzgerald, who wrote a 2018 biography on Richardson.
She was one of the nation’s leading female civil rights’ activists and inspired younger activists who went on to protest racial inequality in the late 1960s and into the 1970s.
Richardson died July 15 at age 99. — AP
Steinhardt was part of Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. — Robert E. “Robby” Steinhardt was a violinist and vocalist with the progressive rock band Kansas.
Steinhardt, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, was an original member of the band. He performed with Kansas from 1973 to 1982 and 1997 to 2006, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The band sold more than 15 million records and notched up seven top 40 hits, including “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son.”
Steinhardt, who had recently recorded his first solo album, died July 17 at age 71. — AP
Rapper Markie was influential
LOS ANGELES — Biz Markie was a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend.”
Markie, whose birth name was Marcel Theo Hall, became known within the rap genre as the self-proclaimed “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop” for lighthearted lyrics and a humorous nature. He made music with the Beastie Boys, opened for Chris Rock’s comedy tour and was a sought-after DJ for countless star-studded events.
Markie died July 16 at age 57. — AP He appeared on television shows and in the 2002 movie “Men in Black II,” which had him playing an alien parody of himself in the film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.