Milestones Feb. 18, 2002

DIED. REGGIE MONTGOMERY, 54, stage actor who won critical praise for his performance in the 1986 play The Colored Museum (later televised on PBS) and was the first black clown to perform with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus; of undisclosed causes; in New York City.

DIED. CLAUDE BROWN, 64, author whose streetwise chronicle of growing up poor in Harlem, Manchild in the Promised Land, became a provocative civil rights-era best seller; of lung disease; in New York City. With its profanity and vivid descriptions of a childhood among pimps, drugs and gangs, Brown's 1965 book impressed critics...

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