Thanks for sharing your love of Delores with us [All the things I learned from Mama Dee, Terry Dean, Sept. 16]. She was good at encouraging others to do their best. Let her words live through you now.

Edith Bivens
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Delores was also my first cousin but more like my big sister [AWN loses its ‘mother,’ Sept. 16]. Hardly a day went by that I did not either talk to her or e-mail her. Her death is a crushing blow to me.

Barbara J. Blue
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Those of you who follow all, or most, things Austin likely heard of Dolores McCain’s death last week. Ms. McCain was a staff writer at the Austin Weekly News who developed the popular “Streetbeat” column in recent years, and was an activist who covered incidents of local (the John Burge case) and national scope after moving into journalism as a second, or perhaps third career. Indeed, some local media watchers credit her with being among the first in the nation to cover the Jena Six story of state-sanctioned racial injustice against high schoolers in Louisiana. Her funeral was at Greater St. John Bible Church here in Austin, with some TUC’ers in attendance. This is a significant loss for Austin, for journalistic integrity, and for the West Side. Ms. McCain worked diligently to locate the facts behind civil rights abuses not just in Chicago, but across the nation. The struggle for economic and racial justice continues, but Ms. McCain notably advanced the cause. I join her friends and colleagues in mourning her untimely death. Also, we received notice on the death in August of the Rev. Nancy Jo Haley, who served TUC as interim minister in the lat 1990s. Nancy Jo, or the “Reverend Mother” as she was called by her friends and family, had previous careers in education and film production prior to her ordination to the liberal ministry. Ardent and creative in worship, tirelessly concerned about those in the margins of our society, and a warm, lovely pastoral presence, Nancy Jo will be dearly missed by those at TUC who knew her. We join our thoughts and prayers to those who grieve for these two exemplary women.

Rev. Brian Covell
Pastor of Third Unitarian Church of Chicago

 

Delores meant welcome and warmth to me. In 2003, when I started my first year at KIPP Ascend Charter School, Delores was on the scene making the school and its teachers feel like an important part of the Austin Community. Later, in 2010, when my mother died from cancer, Delores reached out to both my family and me to provide comforting words and hope. I was even more touched by her tribute to my mother in Austin Weekly News. These unexpected, yet sincere acts of kindness are things that I most admired about Delores.

China Hill
Austin Weekly News columnist

 

I will miss my first cousin. She was my bay sitter and care taker. Her mother and my mother were sisters. They were raised in the south with a strong since of family and a love for helping our people. I am so glad she was able to share her gifts with you and the Chicago Community.

Floyd and Josephine Mosley
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