Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement upon hearing news of the passing of esteemed journalist, George E. Curry:
“The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) joins with members of the press from around the country to mourn the loss of George E. Curry, a pioneer in Civil Rights and journalism.
“A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Curry was an esteemed journalist with a career that spanned decades. He was highly regarded as the Dean of Black journalists for his unique perspective and engagement during the height of the Civil Rights era, and his weekly commentaries continued to enjoy wide circulation until his untimely death.
“Curry started his career in journalism at Sports Illustrated and later wrote for the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Chicago Tribune. He would later serve in a series of lead editor roles including his tenure with Emerge Magazine and more recently as the Editor-in-Chief with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and as the editor and publisher of EmergeNewsOnline.com, which highlighted African American news from around the country.
“George E. Curry was a giant in journalism and he stood on the front lines of the Civil Rights era and used his voice to tell our stories when others would not. The CBC offers our sympathies and condolences to his friends and family, his readers from around the country, and to the countless number of individuals he mentored in the art of reporting and journalistic writing until his untimely death.”
Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns. For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.