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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Gray, Brown lament passing of William Lockridge

By Bill Turque

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown both paid tribute to D.C. State Board of Education member and community activist William Lockridge, who died Wednesday at age 63 after a suffering a stroke.

In a statement issued Wednesday night, Gray said:

"I was deeply saddened to learn about William Lockridge's passing this evening. My prayers are with his wife, Wanda, and other family members, including his uncle, Calvin Lockridge, who also served the residents of the District of Columbia admirably.

"William Lockridge was a true public servant who was forever in the trenches working for the community, particularly the people of Wards 7 and 8. As a longtime member of the State Board of Education and the Board of Education, Mr. Lockridge was not afraid to speak up loudly when he thought anyone was trampling on the rights of the District's children. He was a familiar face in the Council Chamber, always showing up to give voice to those who did not speak for themselves.

"We will miss Mr. Lockridge, his activism, compassion, and love for the District of Columbia."

In a statement Thursday morning, Brown said:

"William Lockridge was a great advocate for our children and the residents of Ward 8. He was at the forefront of education reform, and no one was more passionate than William about the betterment of our city. His life should serve as an inspiration to us all to do everything possible to ensure that every child in the District receives a quality education. My prayers and condolences are with his family. He will be sorely missed."

By Bill Turque  | January 13, 2011; 11:35 AM ET
 
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Comments

William Lockridge always advocated for equity and for excellence. His presence will be missed.

Posted by: dangohl | January 13, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Our nickname for him was the "militant midget" he would gather those at the right time for the best causes. He will be surely missed and I do hope that in some way he can be memorialized in a renaming of school or something that is essentially educational.

Posted by: PowerandPride | January 13, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Our nickname for him was the "militant midget" he would gather those at the right time for the best causes. He will be surely missed and I do hope that in some way he can be memorialized in a renaming of school or something that is essentially educational.

Posted by: PowerandPride | January 13, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the service William Lockridge gave to this city and residents so freely there should be something named in his honor..I will miss him dearly!

Posted by: cherita_whiting@yahoo.com | January 13, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the service William Lockridge gave to this city and residents so freely there should be something named in his honor..I will miss him dearly!

Posted by: cherita_whiting@yahoo.com | January 13, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the service William Lockridge gave to this city and residents so freely there should be something named in his honor..I will miss him dearly!

Posted by: cherita_whiting@yahoo.com | January 13, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering why a post on the passing of Mr. Lockridge didn't make it to DC Wire?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 13, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

William Lockridge was a great person who was passionate his community and the education of our children. He will truly be missed !

Posted by: BigTight33 | January 14, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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