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Garfield Hinton, journalist and activist Aug. 16, 1927 -- Dec. 20, 2005

Services for Garfield Hinton, a journalist and community activist, will be held at noon Tuesday following a wake at 11 a.m. in Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 657 Best St. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, West Seneca.

Mr. Hinton, of Buffalo, died Tuesday in the Deaconess Nursing Facility after a long illness. He was 78.

A native of Richmond, Va., he moved with his family to Buffalo in the early 1930s.

He graduated from Masten Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Hampton University, a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a master's degree in health from Columbia University.

Mr. Hinton served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 and was a reporter for the Afro American Newspaper in Baltimore before returning to Buffalo, where he first worked in the Erie County Health Department.

During the civil rights movement, Mr. Hinton was publicity director of the Community Action Organization of Erie County. He left to become news editor at WBEN Radio, where he also was host of a program known for its interviews with individuals involved in the community.

Mr. Hinton then worked as a community consultant for the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, helping to open residential homes for individuals with disabilities. He later helped the state identify minority businesses from which it could buy services and goods. He retired in the late 1980s.

Mr. Hinton's community involvement included the Topics of Discussion Committee of the Buffalo Urban League, which every month invited a panel of experts to discuss issues with the public.

Mr. Hinton also was a senior editor at the Buffalo Challenger, and wrote weekly articles for the newspaper.

Mr. Hinton, who worked closely with the Underground Railroad of the Niagara Frontier, was a member of the Masons and fraternity Phi Beta Epsilon. He served as chairman of the 1212 Club and as publicity chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and was a member of the Citizens Council on Human Relations.

He participated in the Poor Man's March on Washington, D.C., in the 1960s and helped establish the Kush Museum at the Langston Hughes Institute.

He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he was a pianist for the choir, and he later joined Metropolitan United Methodist Church.


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