L.A. Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Almena Lomax Dies at 95

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Almena Lomax, a journalist and civil rights activist who launched the Los Angeles Tribune, a weekly newspaper that served the African American community in the 1940s and ’50s, died March 25 in Pasadena, Calif. She was 95.

Her death came after a short illness, said her son, Michael, president and chief executive of United Negro College Fund.

Lomax, whose daughter, Melanie, was a prominent attorney and former president of the Los Angeles city Police Commission, was a leading figure in African American journalism, known for her sharp opinions and independent spirit. She founded the Tribune in 1941 and was its editor and chief writer for two decades, achieving a circulation of 25,000 with a lively mix of news, commentary and reviews.

 

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