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Legendary Arkansas reporter Roy Reed passes

Roy Reed, who as a reporter for The New York Times (NYT) covered the march from Selma to Montgomery along with many other aspects of the civil-rights movement in the 1960s, died Sunday night in a Fayetteville hospital. He was 88.

As noted in Ernie Dumas’s obituary for his late colleague, Reed’s NYT coverage of the Selma march helped spur Congress and President Lyndon Johnson to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

After a later career teaching journalism at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Reed retired to a farm in nearby Hogeye, Ark.

For the Dumas obit of Reed, in the Arkansas Times click here.

Bill Bowden authored the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s goodbye. Click here to read it.

And click here for another in-depth look at Reed’s life from his former employer, The New York TImes.

reedroy_fRoy Reed / Pic via Arkansas

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