George Collins, 89, Journalist, News Anchor, Radio Host

Participant in AFRO Ruse That Made a National Joke of Maryland’s Segregation


George Collins

(Updated 8/4/2014) When veteran newsman George Collins died in Baltimore, July 31, he left a legacy of communications and journalistic excellence in print and broadcast media.

Younger local news hounds probably know him best as the booming voice behind his most recent venture on WEAA, @Issue, a program he began in 1986.

Those with greater history remember his face on the evening news on WMAR TV as an anchor, having begun with investigative reporting and working as a producer.

But a piece of his story that will always stand out is when he and his colleagues from the AFRO dressed as African ambassadors were handily served at the Double T Diner on Rolling Road in spite of the restaurant’s unwillingness to accommodate “regular” people of color. The exposure of this incident served as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for equal access in all areas.

Collins began his work for the AFRO in 1950 and continued until 1968 having become the editor-in-chief.

 

Final arrangements for George W. Collins are as follows:

Public Viewing:

Wednesday, Aug. 6:

  • 3 to 8 p.m.,

Estep Brothers Funeral Services, P.A.

1300-1302 N. Eutaw Place

Baltimore, Md. 21217

410-728-2800

      

Service of Celebration

Thursday, Aug. 7:

  • Family Hour: 10 a.m.;
  • Service: 11 a.m.

New Shiloh Baptist Church

2100 N. Monroe Street

Baltimore, Md. 21217

410-523-5306

 

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