Eugene Coleman, co-founder and Publisher of THE SNAP dies at age 97
Written by KROV News Department on January 31, 2019
Eugene Coleman , Publisher of THE SNAP, and civil rights activist and East Side advocate, passed away at age 97 on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 after a fall. He was born on February 3, 1921.
Along with East Side leaders the late Rev. Claude Black and G.J. Sutton they co-founded the publication chronicling the achievements of the African-American community, achievements overlooked by mainstream media back in the ‘50s and ‘60s. In addition SNAP (short for snapshot) covered social and current events in addition to the politics in San Antonio.
During the civil rights era when many businesses and community members suffered from police brutality and lack of access to public facilities SNAP reported these critical events. In doing so, the publication experienced a blacklash and advertisers began boycotting. SNAP reached out to the community, selling editions at local schools and fundraising. SNAP also purchased their own printing press when problems arose with access to printers publication was not about to be disrupted.
Many readers sought out SNAP, for information and updates about the local civil rights movement, police brutality, segregated businesses and politicians.
Mr. Coleman is survived by his son, Eugene Everett Coleman Jr.
Preceded by: His parents, John Coleman and Mildred Beatrice Sims Coleman, and wife, Birdie Coleman.
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