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Founder of Dallas community newspaper passes away

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DALLAS - Dallas icon and Elite News founder Bill Blair has died.  His family says he passed away at his daughter’s home early Sunday morning.

Blair was the youngest black 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He pitched for the Negro Leagues in 1946 and played alongside Winfield Welch and Jesse Hoss Walker.  He toured with Jesse Owens and the Harlem Globetrotters.

In 1947 he founded a newspaper, called The Elite News, which is considered to be the voice of the church and the community. 

Blair was a civil rights activist for more than six decades and even launched the first Martin Luther King Jr. parade, which is now a staple in Dallas.

Funeral services for Blair will be held on Friday, but details are still being worked out.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, five children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill Blair was 92 years old.

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