Thursday, January 5, 2012

RIP: Roscoe Nix // Civil Rights Leader Helped Desegregate Silver Spring

The Gazette today reported on the passing of Montgomery County civil rights leader Roscoe Nix:
Civil rights activist and Montgomery County community icon Roscoe Nix died Wednesday night, his daughter said. He was 90.

Nix died of aspiration pneumonia at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Ga., where he moved in 2010, said his daughter, Susan Webster.

Nix was a political and civil rights fixture in Montgomery County for decades. He was involved in desegregating public spaces in downtown Silver Spring. He served on the county Board of Education from 1974 to 1978 and the county chapter of the NAACP from 1980 to 1990....
Some may be aware that there is an elementary school named after Roscoe Nix in Silver Spring. The school's website provides some information about their namesake, along with the following quote:
"Blessings come to people through someone else's help or through some unknown entity.  Because of that, it is our obligation to use whatever it is that one of us has to help those who are less fortunate or who may be afraid to speak for themselves."

-- Roscoe R. Nix

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