Youngstown native, civil rights journalist Simeon Booker dies at 99

Civil rights activist and award-winning journalist Simeon Booker — a Youngstown native — died Sunday at an assisted-living community in Maryland. He was 99 years old

Youngstown native, civil rights journalist Simeon Booker dies at 99

For the seed of a tree that has to eulogize the roots from which it came, this article of remembrance might seem kindred.

Mr. Booker was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists' Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a career George Polk Award for lifetime achievements in journalism and the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award.

Mr. Booker, who was also the first full-time black reporter for The Washington Post, died Sunday at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Maryland, according to a Post obituary that cited his wife Carol.

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But no story Booker wrote about had more impact than the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Till, who was lynched in Money, Miss., by men who said he whistled at a white woman.

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This was during a time when very few black reporters were assigned in Washington, D.C.

Booker was born in Baltimore and raised in Youngstown, Ohio; he served for decades as the Washington bureau chief for the African-American publications Jet weekly and Ebony monthly. Booker covered the administrations of 10 different presidents. He had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia.

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Just past year, he was acknowledged with the George Polk Award in Journalism for career achievement.

He is survived by the wife Carol and three children.

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