Simeon Booker not only covered a tumultuous era, he lived it … writes reporter Wil Haygood for the Washington Post
In 1962, a European reporter by the name of Paul Guihard had been crossing the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, there to cover the protests against troops guarding James Meredith as he integrated the school. Someone blew a hole in Guihard’s head with a gun. Simeon Booker was at Ole Miss that autumn. He knew the dark, kaleidoscopic danger of the place. He had been in Mississippi — at that courthouse in Sumner to cover the Emmett Till murder trial.