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Almena Lomax, noted black journalist, dies at 95

Almena Lomax, a civil rights activist and journalist who covered the Patty Hearst kidnapping and the Alabama bus boycott and founded the Los Angeles Tribune newspaper, has died. She was 95.

Her son, Michael, tells the Los Angeles Times that Lomax died March 25 in Pasadena. He is the head of the United Negro College Fund.

Lomax studied journalism at Los Angeles City College. She founded the weekly Tribune in 1941 with a $100 loan and ran it for two decades, covering such controversial topics as racial discrimination in Hollywood.

In the 1960s, she and her family moved from Los Angeles to the deep South to fight segregation.

She later worked for the Examiner and Chronicle newspapers in San Francisco, where she covered the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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