Kilimanjaro, who despite not having a journalism background was inspired to start The Carolina Peacemaker to give a voice to the voiceless during turbulent times and to force those in power to listen, died at the age of 88 this morning — the day the weekly newspaper is printed. His wife of 62 years, Vickie Kilimanjaro, was at his side.
"After I pulled myself together, I asked her, 'You mean he died on press day?'" said daughter and Peacemaker editor Afrique Kilimanjaro, who moved back home years ago to help run the newspaper. She has to smile.
"We haven't missed an issue in 52 years," Afrique Kilimanjaro said, "and I'm not going to let that happen."
Her father, she knows, would have demanded it.