Minnesota activist, journalist Mel Reeves dies from COVID-19

Mel Reeves served as the community editor for the Black newspaper "Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder"

Mel Reeves, a longtime Minneapolis civil rights activist and journalist for Minnesota’s oldest Black-owned newspaper, has died from complications due to COVID-19.

Activist Mel Reeves delivers a prepared statement to the media on Feb. 10, 2017, in response to the shooting of 25-year-old Chard Robertson, of Minneapolis, by an Amtrak police officer in Chicago. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Reeves was a fixture in Twin Cities activism, advocating for social justice and speaking out against police brutality while serving as the community editor for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, a weekly Black newspaper that announced his death.

He died Thursday after being hospitalized last month with complications due to the virus, the Star Tribune reported. He was 64.

Reeves, originally from Florida, moved to Minnesota in the 1980s, where he spent decades organizing and participating in rallies and community events. News of his death was met with an outpouring of tributes on social media from local activists, journalists and elected officials.

Reeves wrote for the newspaper in the 1980s and returned about a decade ago, where he covered the police shooting of Philando Castile and death of George Floyd.

His final article was a recap of 2021 that he wrote from his hospital bed at Hennepin County Medical Center.

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