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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Hundreds attend William Lockridge funeral

By Nikita Stewart and Hamil Harris

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, council members, school board members and community leaders gathered at Temple of Praise Church in Southeast on Thursday to attend the funeral of William Lockridge, a longtime community and education activist.

Lockridge, 63, died Jan. 12 of respiratory failure at George Washington University Hospital after suffering a stroke. He was a member of the State Board of Education, representing Ward.

The Chicago native was well-known throughout the District and was credited with helping to lead the effort for the modernization of public school buildings.

"William Lockridge had the courage of his convictions," Gray told the crowd, adding that he wanted to find a way to memorialize Lockridge's contributions to the city.

"People respected him," Gray (D) said in an interview. "All of the city's leadership is here. That speaks volumes."

Speakers on the program included Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D), former mayor and Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)

By Nikita Stewart and Hamil Harris  | January 20, 2011; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray  | Tags:  Vincent C. Gray, William Lockridge  
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