Ebon Dooley passed away on October 12th. I've edited this sentence a half dozen times to attempt
to write something different from the usual words saddened/shocked/stunned. But those really are the most accurate words to describe my reaction to his passing.
I've indexed this article under "Atlanta History". Ebon is clearly a very important person in the history of the Arts in Atlanta in the period from the 1970s to the present.
I worked with Ebon as a volunteer in two venues: the Arts Exchange in Grant Park, and WRFG Radio.
I've been through a lot of different phases in my political life here, and have probably met thousands of people, and have gotten to be familiar with hundreds to varying degrees.
Of those hundreds of people whom I've known long enough to develop clear impressions Ebon is one of the perhaps twenty true standouts. He was able to be proud of and partisan towards his own African American background and culture, but he was also able to relate to, communicate with, and understand people of different national and cultural backgrounds. And I assure you this is a rare trait.
I haven't had a conversation with Ebon in over fifteen years, and at the moment I'm very sorry I haven't kept up with him. Here are a few links with information on Ebon.