Charles W. B. Tarver IV|
(1956 - May 30, 2010) U.S.A.
African American activist
Charles Tarver was a graduate of William McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, and attended The Ohio State University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma, a black fraternity. He graduated from the school in 1984 with a degree in communications.
Before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1992, Charles taught communications at Emerson College in Boston and was a debate team coach and judge. He also started "Brother to Brother", which Albert Dauphin described as one of the first workshops for black men "who were HIV positive." Dauphin said Tarver founded a similar workshop in Washington.
In Washington, Charles briefly performed government work before joining the Human Rights Campaign as its first black gay lobbyist. Dauphin said Charles went on to serve as executive director of D.C. Black Pride in 1995 and become a founding member of what was then known as the D.C. Inner Light Unity Fellowship Church. Tarver became one of the church's first deacons in 1996.
Charles Tarver died of AIDS-related complications at Georgetown University Hospital, according to his partner, Albert Dauphin. Charles was 53.
Dauphin said Charles was first hospitalized in 1998, but recovered and "continued his activism and church obligation." Despite several ensuing hospitalizations, Dauphin said Charles kept his "optimism and love of God." The couple had planned to wed this summer.