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Joe Wilder dies at 92; jazz trumpeter helped break racial barriers
Joe Wilder dies at 92; jazz trumpeter helped break racial barriers

When Joe Wilder was traveling with a band in 1949 and playing trumpet at a club in Chicago, his solos were disrupted by college kids shouting racial slurs. In his low-key style, the dapper Wilder put them in their place: "I know you probably don't understand just how offensive this is," said Wilder, who was among the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marines during World War II. "At some point, you're going to say something like that in the wrong place, and you'll end up getting yourselves hurt." The show went on, uninterrupted. Wilder, a consummate jazz musician who never saw himself as a civil rights activist but who helped break color...

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