Actress Nia Long recently took to Instagram to share that her father, Doughtry “Doc” Long passed away. She shared a photograph of her father where she had placed an emoji crown on his head and wrote over the photo, “RIP Daddy. I love you forever.” Nia also shared the cover of one of her father’s books, Black Love, Black Hope. “Black and proud. Love you Daddy,” Nia wrote as the caption of her post. “I wonder whatcha doin. Missing you.”
Nia’s sister, comedian Sommore also took to social media to express her feelings about their father who was an educator and poet laureate. “Cool is in my DNA,” the comedian wrote as the caption of the first photo that she shared of herself and her father. “I move the way I move and think outside of the box because he is my Dad.
Rest Easy. We got this..@godj_thatsmydj @iamnialong”
After tagging her siblings, Sommore wrote, “Our foundation is shaken but still standing. I am the captain now! LoL. I Love yall. Rest Easy Daddy,” as the caption of a childhood photo of herself, Nia, and her father. Nia joking commented on the post writing, “I have a big ass head and you need edge control,” along with a laughing emoji.
“You taught all who you came in contact with.#Educator,” Sommore wrote as the caption of her posting of the cover of father’s book, Black Love, Black Hope.
Nia also issued a statement to Essence, writing, “My father was a master of words, an educator, a mentor and a hero in his community; a poet with stories to tell about the Black experience in America. He wasn’t afraid to raise his fist in solidarity for everything Black and proud.”
“My sisters Lori [aka comedienne Sommore] and Djamila and I will miss him dearly and are so grateful to have been by his side as he transitioned into eternal peace,” she continued. “I love you Daddy…forever.”
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Doc grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, and was an author of several books, including Timbuktu Blues, Song For Nia: A Poetic Essay in Three Parts, and Rules For Cool. He taught creative writing and literature at Trenton Central High School. Doc was well-known for his poetry and became a Trenton Poet Laureate.