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‘The Atlanta Voice’ president and ‘Dallas Weekly’ publisher emeritus James A. Washington dies

He was deeply involved in the Black journalism world
Atlanta Voice president, Black press champion James A. Washington
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James A. Washington, the president and general manager of the publication The Atlanta Voice died on April 2 at 73.

“Jim was a friend and advocate for all of us in the Black newspaper and digital publishing industry,” said Randy Fling, COO of rolling out.

The Atlanta Voice released a statement regarding Washington’s death.

“For over four decades Washington had been involved in nearly every level of the communications field,” Editor-in-chief Donnell Suggs said. “From his time as the publisher of The Dallas Weekly, a Black-owned and operated publication, to his work as the public relations manager for the Dallas Ballet, Washington had always been a strong representation of Black excellence and intelligence.”

James A. Washington was known as a Black press advocate

James A. Washington acquired The Dallas Weekly, the largest Black-owned publication in North Texas, in 1989. In 2003 he became the president and general manager of The Atlanta Voice. Washington had served twice on the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce board, the Dallas Arboretum, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

In 2019, he was a National Association of Black Journalists Legacy Award winner. The NABJ also released a statement regarding Washington.

Washington earned his bachelor’s degree in English and instructional media from Southern University, an HBCU, and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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