Issue #151  10/29/2008
Photojournalist Alex Rivera Dies At 95

Photojournalist Alex Rivera died October 23rd in Durham, NC at the age of 95. Rivera's photography work was focused on covering the civil rights movement, but he also did public relations work at North Carolina Central University.

Rivera was born in Greensboro, NC. His father, a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), greatly influenced his photographic direction. He attended Howard University and then worked for the Washington Tribune.

In 1939, Rivera was recruited to create the news bureau at the North Carolina College for Negroes, which later became North Carolina Central. He served in naval intelligence during World War II, and then afterwards returned to photojournalism.

Rivera covered the last lynchings in South Carolina and Alabama, and legal challenges to school segregation. He won a Global Syndicate Award in 1955. He returned to the university in 1977 and led the public relations office until he retired.