Emmett Till

Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker, a Baltimore native, dies at age 99

Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker, a Baltimore native, dies at age 99

Simeon Booker, a trailblazing African-American journalist and the first full-time black reporter at The Washington Post, died Sunday at the age of 99.

Booker died at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Md., according to a Post obituary, citing his wife Carol. He had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia.

Booker served for decades as the Washington bureau chief for the iconic African-American publications Jet, a weekly, and Ebony, a monthly. He is credited with bringing to national prominence the 1955 death of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder in Mississippi became a galvanizing point for the nascent civil rights movement. Booker's...

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