Simeon Booker

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Simeon Booker (August 27, 1918 – December 10, 2017) was an African-American journalist. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but was raised in Youngstown, Ohio. His work appeared in leading news publications for more than 50 years. He was known for his journalistic works during the Civil Rights Movement and for his his coverage of the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till.

Booker worked for The Washington Post, Jet and Ebony. In February 2017, 17 Congressmembers introduced a bipartisan bill nominating Booker for a Congressional Gold Medal.[1][2]

Booker died on December 10, 2017 at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Maryland from pneumonia-related complications, at the age of 99.[3] He was survived by his wife Carol and their son Teddy.[4]

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  1. "Simeon Booker, 1982 Fourth Estate Awardee, nominated for Congressional Gold Medal". National Press Club. February 8, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  2. "Simeon Booker, civil rights reporter and 1951 Nieman Fellow, nominated for Congressional Gold Medal". Nieman Foundation for Journalism. February 13, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  3. Langer, Emily (December 10, 2017). "Simeon Booker, intrepid chronicler of civil rights struggle for Jet and Ebony, dies at 99". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  4. "Civil Rights journaliist, Youngstowner Simeon Booker died today". Youngstown Review. December 10, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.