“A Remarkable Life”: Miami Civil Rights Leader Garth Reeves Passes Away at 100

Garth Reeves Sr., owner of The Miami Times and prominent civil rights activist in South Florida, has passed away at age 100.

"Mr. Reeves led a remarkable life promoting equality and civil rights as a veteran, journalist, community activist, and owner of The Miami Times," said Francis Suarez, mayor of Miami, in a press release. 

"We will continue to rejoice over his life marked by his many incredible accomplishments and the profound impact he made to drive our community forward as a more inclusive and equitable place for all." 

Born in the Bahamas, Reeves moved to Miami when he was four months old in 1919. 

He served in World War II, and began to fight for racial integration upon his return to South Florida as a young man.

"Garth Reeves and his father used the newspaper to champion social justice and demand dignity for Miami's black populations," said Russell Motley, Editor-in-Chief of MIA Media Group.

Reeves' 100th birthday was celebrated this year at a City of Miami Commission meeting in February.

"He leaves behind a proud and lasting legacy that will be remembered for many years to come," said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime. "[He] used is position as publisher of the Miami Times to advance the cause of civil rights and equality."

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