The world lost a lot of notable people this year, and it feels as if they're departing even more quickly as the year runs out. Activist/humanitarian Dick Gregory, actress/singer Della Reese, musicians Fats Domino, Al Jarreau, Geri Allen and Dave Valentin were all well-known names. So was journalist Roger Wilkins.
And so at year's end we've compiled our own Code Switch list. It's not comprehensive; instead, we wanted to spotlight some of the people we might not have known as well, and share them with you.
That's our sampling of people who died this year. Pour one out for them. And check The Year In Race on this week's podcast — we paid tribute to a few more people who are now gone, but hardly forgotten.
NPR's Kat Chow contributed to this report.
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