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Lani Silver, 1948-2009


Lani Silver died tonight after a brief battle against brain cancer. She was 60.

For the last three years, Lani was an especially articulate and passionate member of the Hometown Radio family, both as guest and guest host. She came to the microphone with more than 30 years of experience fighting racism and committed to preserving oral histories of Holocaust survivors. She was nationally known for her work with the James F. Byrd Oral History Project, tackling the tough issues on race relations without flinching.

Lani Silver was all heart. I never heard her utter a negative word about anyone. For Lani, the glass was always half full, every cloud had a silver lining. She was always there to support our radio show and helped me address serious topics relating to racism in our country. Lani liked to approach people and ask them one basic question, “How has your life been affected by racism?” She was one of the kindest, most generous, people I’ve ever had the privilege to know.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Lani devoted her life to nonprofit causes and had very little money herself. Her family has medical and funeral expenses to pay off. If you would like to send a card in her memory or donate to help defray her family’s expenses, please write to her sister: Lynne Jacobs, #706, 207 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Lani last appeared on our show on Wednesday, January 7th — she was the first guest of our 18th season. The words are hard to find tonight, but Lani’s spirit lives on. I am a better person for having known her. We are all better for having known her.

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