As the Richmond Free Press
boldly noted, Raymond H. Boone was "fearless in the face of injustice,
inequality and ignorance."
Ray Boone was a university
professor, a career journalist and the founder, editor and publisher of the
Richmond Free Press second. If you knew him, the one thing you knew was that he
was his own man, and truly an original intellect and personality.
If you were in Ray's company
for more than five minutes you received an intellectual lesson in the history
of America, but especially a perceptive history lesson of the African American
A native of Suffolk, Virginia,
Boone was educated in the segregated schools of Suffolk, and later educated at
Norfolk State University and Boston University, while he worked as the city
editor for the Boston Chronicle and as a reporter for the Quincy
Boone founded the Richmond Free
Press in 1992 and went on to become a Richmond legend. Boone is the recipient of
many awards and honors including, the Oliver W. Hill Freedom Award, The
DaimlerChrysler Entrepreneurial Award, the International Toastmasters Award, The
Dominion Resources Strong Men and Women Award, and induction into the Virginia
Communications Hall of Fame, just to name a few.
Ray Boone, a life of
fearlessness and courage for 76 years.