NEWS BLOG: Columnist William Raspberry has died

BY MARY ANNA TOWLER

One of my favorite journalists, the Washington Post’s Bill Raspberry, died today at the age of 76, the Post reports. The cause was cancer.

Raspberry, who retired in 2005, wrote a column for the Post for nearly 40 years and was, as the Post notes, “one of the first black journalists to gain a wide following in the mainstream press.”

The Post’s lengthy obit lays out Raspberry’s terrific – and important – journalistic accomplishments. For those of us who looked forward to his opinions, he was a thoughtful, forceful voice of conscience, particularly on the topics of civil rights, justice, and the needs of African Americans.

I’ve been grateful for the quality of his writing – and for his courage and leadership as he wrote about some of America’s toughest challenges.

 

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