Don Cornelius

Donald Cortez Cornelius (1936 - 2012)

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Donald Cortez (Don) Cornelius
Born in Bronzeville, Douglas, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Died in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 May 2018
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Categories: Notables | Activists and Reformers | Police Officers | United States Marine Corps, Korean War | Disc Jockeys | Journalists | Screenwriters | Producers.

Don Cornelius is Notable.
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Don Cornelius was a part of the Civil Rights Movement.
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Son of Carter Cornelius and Thelma Booth

Husband of Delores Harrison

Husband of Viktoria Chapman

Creator and Host of the television show Soul Train.


  • "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 18 March 2018), Donald Cortez Cornelius, 27 Sep 1936; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 35232, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 May 2018), Donald Cornelius in household of Carter Cornelius, Ward 3, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-131, sheet 10A, line 26, family 235, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 925.
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 May 2018), Donald Cortez Cornelius, California, United States, 01 Feb 2012; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing Whittier Daily News, The, born-digital text.

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Don Cornelius at the 40th anniversary of Soul Train
Don Cornelius at the 40th anniversary of Soul Train


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