By Conway Jones
Carl Douglas Washington died on Oct. 9 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 67.
A distinguished pioneer and fearless leader, Washington was the first African American to work at Kellogg’s Cereal, serving as the company’s marketing representative. He later became a principal at Washington Brothers, the first African American wholesale beverage distributorship in Northern California, as well as working at Teleport Oil Company, an African American petroleum firm, and Oaktown Records.
Beyond the business world, he dedicated his life to the community. He was founding President of the 100 Black Men, East Bay Chapter and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Washington was born on Aug. 11, 1943 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was the oldest of five children and affectionately known by his friends as “Peanuts”.
Moving to Long Beach in Southern California when he was 7-years-old, he graduated from California State University, Long Beach. He was recognized for his athletic ability as Southern California Basketball Player of the week in December 1964.
He is survived by his children, Carl, Eric, Michael, Lamar, Chimere, Terrence, Lance and Jason and by his brothers, Gene Washington and Leon Washington.