These are a few of the prominent African-Americans we lost this year:

Elias Blake, 77, president of Clark College

Jane Bolin, 98, first black female judge in U.S. (New York City) and first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School

Robert “Buck” Brown, 71, cartoonist

Roscoe Lee Browne, 81, actor

Julia Carson, 69, congresswoman, first African-American and first woman to represent Indianapolis

William “Bill” Cherry, 71, promotion executive

Alice Coltrane, 69, jazz performer/composer and former wife of John Coltrane

Art Davis, 73, bass player

Rep. Augustus Hawkins, 100, first African-American from California in Congress

Billy Henderson, 67, member of the Spinners R&B group

Oliver Hill, 100, civil rights lawyer

Asa G. Hilliard, 73, historian and scholar

Luther Ingram, 69, singer (“If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right”)

Dennis Johnson, 52, ex-basketball player with Boston Celtics

Yolanda King, 51, actress and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Henry LeTang, 91, tap dancer

Calvin Lockhart, 72, actor (“Cotton Comes to Harlem”)

Rep. Juanita Millender McDonald, 68, California congresswoman

Barbara McNair, 72, singer/actress

Rep. Parren Mitchell, 85, Maryland congressman

Frances Murphy II, 85, publisher, Washington Afro-American Newspaper

Madeline Wheeler Murphy, 84, civil rights activist and columnist, Baltimore Afro American Newspaper

Bishop G.E. Patterson, 67, bishop of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis

Oscar Peterson, 82, jazz pianist

Basil O. Phillips, 77, Johnson Publishing Company photo librarian

Julius Richardson, 86, golf instructor

Max Roach, 83, jazz drummer

Eddie Robinson, 88, Grambling State University football coach, won nine national black college titles and 408 games

Percy Rodrigues, 89, actor

John Scott, 67, sculptor and art professor

Darryl Stingley, 55, former football receiver for New England Patriots

Sean Taylor, 24, safety for the Washington Redskins

Charles Tisdale, 80, publisher, Jackson Advocate Newspaper

Walter Turnbull, 62, founder of Harlem Boys Choir

Ike Turner, 76, musician, band leader, known for working with former wife Tina Turner

Dr. Donda West, 58, education professor and mother of Kanye West

Willye White, 67, Olympic track champion, longtime Chicago resident

Leroy Winbush, 91, graphic designer, helped with creation of Ebony Magazine

Ernest Withers, 85, civil rights photographer

Source: Jet Magazine