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The columns of William Raspberry

Longtime Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner William Raspberry died Tuesday at the age of 76. The Post Editorial Board writes that he “demonstrated that civility and principle can co-exist, that passion doesn’t preclude compromise and that people can hold on to their convictions without insisting that anyone who disagrees is evil. His way of stating his opinions with an understanding that they might sometimes be wrong, and of listening respectfully to other views, distinguished Mr. Raspberry during four decades of writing commentary for The Post, and it is particularly missed today.” Below are links to a selection of Raspberry’s columns, spanning from his early years as a local columnist during the Washington riots to his final piece written on the election of the nation’s first black president.

Dr. King and his killer became symbols, Apr. 7, 1968

Nation must now commit itself to King’s principles, Apr. 8, 1968

Beyond busing — to learning, Mar. 8, 1982

Guns all around, Jan. 6, 1993

Obama’s speech: All together, now, Aug. 2, 2004

Accepting our shades of purple, Nov. 15, 2004

Tom Delay and the kablooey principle, Oct. 3, 2005

Our civil disagreement, Dec. 19, 2005

What I’ll do next, Dec. 26, 2005

After Obama, a path beyond grievance, Nov. 11, 2008

The Freddie Gray case

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