William Lockridge Dies
On January 12, William Lockridge, a longtime community and education activist, died of respiratory failure at Georget Washington University Hospital. He was 63. A member of the State Board of Education, Lockridge was revered throughout the city for helping to modernize local public school buildings.
His funeral, at Temple of Praise Church, SE, drew hundreds of people, including city council members, school board members, community leaders and activists, and Mayor Vincent Gray.
“William Lockridge had the courage of his convictions,” said Gray at his service, who then expressed wanting to memorialize Lockridge’s contributions to the community somehow. Former DC Mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry and Council Chariman Kwame Brown also spoke.
In lieu of flowers at the funeral, Lockridge’s family asked that people please make a donation to the William Lockridge Educational Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 54012, Washington DC 20032, to help the children he held so dear.