Dr. Washington served forty-years in public education with LAUSD as a teacher, reading specialist, and administrator. She was very instrumental in successfully coordinating the “United Negro College Fund Employee Payroll Deduction Campaign” which raised thousands of dollars for students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. And during her 14 year tenure as President of the NAACP, (1995-2009) Los Angeles Chapter – she was instrumental in increasing the enrollment of African American students into the UC System, particularly UCLA, where black student enrollment was at its lowest since the 1960’s.
Over the years Dr. Washington worked with many other civil rights leaders, organizations, religious groups, elected officials, and others to fight for inequality in education, civic opportunity, and other wide-spread social issues for minorities in Los Angeles, California, and around the world. Her tenacious but gracious style will always be remembered as one of her many character traits. One organization that she was co-chair of “Alliance for Equal Opportunity in Education” is still active today.
Dr. Washington’s viewing will be Friday the 13th from 2-8 p.m. at Angeles Funeral Home, 3875 Crenshaw Bl. L.A., 90008, again on Saturday, the 14th at Second Baptist Church in Griffith Hall, 2412 Griffith Ave., L.A. 9011 from 10:30-11:45 a.m., followed by the funeral at 12:00 noon, with no further viewing. Internment will be held at Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 E. Florence Ave., Inglewood, 90301. This writer sends his sincere sympathy to Dr. Geraldine Washington’s family, the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP, and the national NAACP.
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