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Calvin Rolark, founder of United Black Fund: 1970 ca.

Calvin Rolark, publisher of the Washington Informer and founder of the D.C. United Black Fund is shown in a circa 1970 photograph.

 

He and his wife Wilhelmina formed a black power couple in the city in the latter part of the 20th century.

 

Rolark founded the Washington Informer in 1964 and ran the newspaper until his daughter Denise Rolark Barnes took over in the duties before he died in 1994.

 

He was a fixture in the black community, involved in a number of causes, but none more important than the Black United Fund that he founded in 1969.

 

His wife Wilhelmina served as the Ward 8 representative on the D.C city council from 1977-1993 when she was defeated by Marion Barry and also served as president of the Washington Informer.

 

Reginald Booker, the black nationalist who led many rights battles in the 1960s and 70s, helped get the BUF off the ground when as president of the Government Employees Against Racial Discrimination (GUARD) he partnered with Rolark to build up the fund.

 

A year after the fund raised $5,000, Booker and Rolark increased the amount to $50,000 in 1970.

 

Booker was later employed by the UBF.

 

For other random radicals, see flic.kr/s/aHske413N1

 

The photographer is unknown. The image was published in the August 1980 issue of Ebony magazine.

 

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Taken circa 1970