First let me apologize because I am almost a month late in reporting this. 

Evelyn Cunningham, famed civil rights era reporter, passed away in April at the age of 94.  Ms. Cunningham was a pioneering african american female reporter during a time when women were usually relegated to stories about fashion and homemaking. She covered the hard stories playing out in the african american community, even earning the nickname the Lynching Editor for her coverage of the brutal hangings that happened during those turbulent times.

A tall and stylish lady she lived in Harlem, NY most of her life and served as an advisor to Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Married four times she had no children of her own but raised her niece Gigi Freeman. Frequently photographed at social functions throughout New York City, Cunningham remained active in the community.

photo credit: NYSocialDiary.com

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