Dr. Carey Latimore, Black Historian and History Professor at Trinity University, Dead at 46

Dr. Carey Latimore was also asked to help sort out design issues facing the Alamo Plaza makeover that involve the city’s civil rights history. (Kin Man Hui /Staff photographer)

Dr. Carey Latimore, an esteemed voice on Black history and the African American experience, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, shocking the San Antonio community. KSAT anchor Steve Spriester, who became good friends and interviewed him multiple times, reported the news of Latimore’s death. He was 46.

Latimore was a professor of history at Trinity University. Latimore said he grew up in rural Virginia raised by his parents Carey III and Ann Latimore. He moved to San Antonio in 2004 to take the teaching job and also became co-director of the African American Studies program. Latimore was also a past chair of the history department, according to a news release from Trinity University.

“The loss of Dr. Latimore will be felt at the heart of Trinity’s campus community, and throughout our city and our nation,” Trinity University said in a statement.

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The university said it will hold a celebration of Latimore’s life later this fall.

“I want students to see me as a real person who is open and honest in the classroom. Moreover, I also believe in trying to break down fears that students may have about speaking about race,” Latimore told Trinity University in 2016. “I find this helps students ask difficult questions and it motivates them to engage in the difficult dialogues that we need.”

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SOURCE: MySanAntonio, Steven Santana

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