Black Ancestors : Who Became an Ancestor in 2012 ?

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    Brother OldSoul is providing a great recap of the year, including those that became Ancestors in 2012.

    So many ... i thot it would be nice if we had a thread marking this moment in time.

    Add on if you can ... let's say their names aloud ... :love:

    Love You!

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    Ronald Bertram Aloysius "R. B." Greaves III (November 28, 1943 - September 27, 2012)[2] was an American singer who had chart success in 1969 with the pop single "Take a Letter Maria". A number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this single sold one million copies, and it earned gold record certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Greaves also had a Top 40 pop hit one year later with "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me".

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    Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012) was an African-American construction worker who while on parole for robbery became nationally known after being beaten with excessive force by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991. George Holliday, a resident in the nearby area, witnessed the beating and videotaped much of it from the balcony of his nearby apartment.
    The videotaped footage shows five Los Angeles area officers surrounding King, with several of them striking him repeatedly. During the struggle to subdue King, other officers stood by, without seeming to take action to stop King from being struck. A portion of the footage was aired around the world, inflaming public outrage in Los Angeles and other American cities where racial tension was often high. The videotape also increased public sensitivity to, and anger about police brutality, racism, and other social inequalities throughout the United States.
    Four of the police officers from the LAPD who engaged in the incident were charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force for their conduct during the incident. After a judicial finding that a fair and impartial jury could not be impaneled in Los Angeles County the case was given a change of venue to Simi Valley, in Ventura County where they were tried. On April 29, 1992 three of the four police officers, (Koon, Wind, and Briseno) were acquitted of all charges. The jury acquitted the fourth officer, (Powell), on the assault with a deadly weapon charge but failed to reach a verdict on the use of excessive force charge. The jury deadlocked at 8-4 in favor of acquittal.
    The acquittals are generally considered to have triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 53 people were killed, and over two thousand were injured. The riots ended after soldiers from the United States Army National Guard, along with United States Marinesfrom nearby Camp Pendleton, California, were called in to assist local authorities and quell the riots.
    On August 4, 1992 a Federal Grand Jury after hearing evidence from federal prosecutors indicted the four officers on charges of violating King's civil rights. The four men were put on trial on February 25, 1993 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California located in downtown Los Angeles. On April 16, 1993 the trial ended with two of the police officers, (Koon and Powell) found guilty, and subsequently imprisoned. The other two officers, (Wind and Briseno) were acquitted.
    During the riots, King appeared on television and offered what would later be his famous plea, "Can we all get along?"

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    Herbert Reed (August 7, 1928 – June 4, 2012) was an American musician, vocalist and founding member of The Platters, who were known for their hits during the 1950s and 1960s. Reed, who was the last surviving original member of the group, which he co-founded with four other musicians in 1953, is credited with creating The Platters' name.[1] Reed thought of the group's name after noticing thatDJs in the 1950s called their records, "platters".[2]
    Reed was raised in poverty in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Los Angeles when he was fifteen years old.[1] He moved to the Boston area during the 1970s, after the success of The Platters.[2] He was the only member of The Platters who sang on all of the approximately 400 songs recorded by the group.[2] His vocals can be heard on The Platters' biggest hits, including Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Great Pretender, Twilight Time and My Prayer.[2]
    As the last surviving original member of The Platters, Reed waged a long, but successful, federal court battle over the rights to the name, The Platters.[1] The courts ruled that Reed was the only heir to the group's name.[1] In 2012, Reed said in an interview, "It's not right to have someone steal your name. It's just not right. We were cheated back then, but that's how things were done...It's theft, and I have to fight it so that no other artist faces this."
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