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Benjamin C. Whitten, city educator
Benjamin C. Whitten, city educator

Benjamin C. Whitten, a prominent Baltimore educator and community activist who served as president of the Baltimore Urban League, died Sept. 21 of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Morgan Park resident was 89. "Ben was a true giant in the Baltimore public school system and could easily have been superintendent. He knew the system inside and out," said Dr. Walter G. Amprey, who was superintendent from 1991 to 1997. "He wore many hats and was a giant in both education and civil rights." "I worked with him and under him. Ben reacted to the students extremely well and was anxious for their achievement. He stood for the kids and pushed teachers to do...