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Journalist who covered bus boycott dies at 91

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Inez J. Baskin, a journalist and civil rights supporter who covered the Montgomery bus boycott for black readers locally and nationally, has died at a Montgomery hospital. She was 91.

Her goddaughter, LaWanda Bender Goodwin of Erie, Pa., said she died Thursday after suffering an internal ailment and being too weak for surgery.

Baskin was a reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser's "Negro News" section. The Advertiser, which first reported Baskin's death, said that when the boycott was organized after Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955, Baskin was hired to cover the boycott for Jet magazine as well as for the American Negro Press.

"The importance of what she did in helping create documentation of everything that was going on here when it was one of the most important cities anywhere can't be overstated," said Ed Bridges, director of the state Department of Archives and History.

As a supporter of the boycott and a journalist, Baskin took a seat right in front of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. when Montgomery's buses were finally desegregated. A photo of her on that ride is widely known.

Baskin and Goodwine's family in Erie, Pa., established the Willie Mae Goodwine and Inez J. Baskin Scholarship of Journalism at Edinboro University last summer.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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