Carolyn Rodgers, Chicago poet and writer, dies

April 14, 2010

Carolyn M. Rodgers, a Chicago poet and writer who helped found one of the country's oldest and largest black-owned book publishers, died April 2 at age 69.

The Chicago-based Third World Press says she had been battling an undisclosed illness.

The Chicago native wrote nine books, including "How I got Ovah." Her work often delved into the experiences of black women.

Ms. Rodgers is credited with being a star of the black arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She helped found Third World Press in the 1960s. She also started her own publishing company, Eden Press.

Associated Press

William "Bill" Walker, a baritone whose career ranged from the State Fair of Texas to more than 350 performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, died Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, at age 78.

His wife, Marci, said her husband, who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, had "an enthusiasm for life and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge."

Darren K. Woods, the current general director of the Fort Worth Opera, where Mr. Walker formerly was general director, said he "was a true Southern gentleman with a bigger-than-life personality and a rich, booming voice."

Metropolitan Opera records indicate that Mr. Walker performed 364 times, from March 1962 to June 1978. He appeared dozens of times on TV's "Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson and also sang on Broadway.

Associated Press

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