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Remembering Garth C. Reeves

Garth C. Reeves Sr

Garth C. Reeves Sr., an esteemed graduate of Florida A&M University and a news trailblazer, passed away November 25 at the age of 100. Reeves’ impact and legacy extended far beyond the Tallahassee area as he was the publisher of The Miami Times—a newspaper for South Florida African Americans and an influencer for the black press.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Garth C. Reeves, Sr., publisher emeritus of the Miami Times, said Dr. Michelle Ferrier, dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.

“We are honored to continue his legacy here, training new journalists and communicators to ensure that people of color are well represented in media and commercial environments," said Ferrier.

Mr. Reeves graduated in 1940 from FAMU with a bachelor's degree in printing. He has sustained his legacy at FAMU by providing funding in 1980 to create the Garth Reeves Endowed Chair at the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. For his pioneering work, Mr. Reeves was recognized with an honorary doctorate from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2017.

As a graduate of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, Reeves touched the lives of those who have had the privilege to work with him as well as through a lasting legacy he established at the school. Dr. Dhyana Ziegler served as the Garth Reeves Endowed Chair.

"I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Reeves,. I have always admired his work and contribution to journalism. He will surely be missed. He's an icon," said Ziegler.

Garth C. Reeves Sr

Reeves also established a scholarship fund to assist students with financial needs.

Dr. Yanela McLeoud was one of those students.

"When I was a student at FAMU in the early 1990s, and just like a lot of students, when you need some financial assistance, I went to the Dean at the time, I applied for and was awarded the Garth C. Reeves Scholarship...I was just very grateful for his generosity," McLeoud said.

"When I was a student at FAMU in the early 1990s, and just like a lot of students, when you need some financial assistance, I went to the Dean at the time, I applied for and was awarded the Garth C. Reeves Scholarship...I was just very grateful for his generosity," McLeoud said.

Calvin Sykes, a current student majoring in journalism, was one of those interns.

"They gave me the first chance to write in a newspaper that he started. I'll be forever in debt to him for that chance. His legacy will be remembered at FAMU, and the whole South Florida community," said Sykes.