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Garth C. Reeves Sr., Publisher Emeritus, The Miami Times, Reaches Century Mark

'Real Newspaper Man' a Longtime Civil Rights Warrior and Business Icon

Garth C. Reeves Sr., publisher emeritus of The Miami Times Newspaper, recently achieved a major milestone in his life – his 100th birthday.

As more honors pour in and the celebration continues, The Washington Informer also extends its congratulations to the Bahamian native, born Feb. 12, 1919 in Nassau before his family moved to Miami when he was just four months old.

His father, Harry Ethelbert Sigismund Reeves, founded The Miami Times. Reeves, who has achieved many “firsts” in his 100 years of life, was named publisher and chief executive officer of the paper in 1970 following the death of his father.

But perhaps what many African Americans remember most about him are the efforts he initiated that led to the integration of local beaches, parks and golf courses during the 1950s.

What will he do for the next 100 years of life, one writer asked: “I will be cool and try to live a good life,” he replied.

Editor’s Note: Garth Reeves has always been about the business and support of the Black Press, serving several terms as the president of the NNPA. During my four years there as senior editor, while he was rarely in the office, his hands, his thoughts, his decades of experience and his insights were always present. If you wanted to learn how to run a successful newspaper, particularly a Black-owned publication, if you wanted to know how to become an effective editor (as in my case), Mr. Reeves was then, and remains, one of the finest teachers on the planet. Happy Birthday, Mr. Reeves. — D. Kevin McNeir, Editor, The Washington Informer

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D. Kevin McNeir – Senior Editor

Award-winning journalist and 21-year Black Press veteran, book editor, voice-over specialist and college instructor (Philosophy, Religion, Journalism). Before joining us, he led the Miami Times to recognition as NNPA Publication of the Year.

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