NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Ray Boone: A Life of Fearlessness

By: Kym Grinnage email

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 experience.

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 Patriot-Ledger.

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.

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