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Jacksonville civil rights activist Ben Frazier dies at 73

Ben Frazier passed away Saturday, June 24, 2023.
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Ben Frazier passed away Saturday, June 24, 2023.

Ben Frazier, once a trailblazing journalist who became a tireless advocate for racial justice, has died. He passed away on Saturday night at UF Health Jacksonville one day after his 73rd birthday after being diagnosed with cancer last fall.

“He fought for equality among Jacksonville’s citizens, equity in our neighborhoods and integrity, transparency, accountability and compassion in our government,” his daughter Kelly wrote in a statement on Saturday night.

Frazier grew up in Northwest Jacksonville and graduated from Raines High School in 1968. He was one of the first Black journalists to appear on air at a Jacksonville television station in the 1970s.

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