Mayor Newsom's statement
on the passing of legendary
community activist Mary Rogers
Mary Rogers at the ceremonial
of the Fillmore Jazz Center construction project, 10/11/5
From the Mayor's Ofiice of Communications
March 4, 2006
San Francisco - Mayor Gavin Newsom issued the following
statement on the passing of longtime community organizer and activist,
"Mary Rogers will always be known as the true matriarch
of community activism in San Francisco. Blessed with a nurturing
and ever-generous spirit, she unflinchingly came to the defense
of those in need of a voice and a hand.
She helped put a human face on daunting issues facing fellow
members of the African-American community and beyond.
Mary Rogers holds sway in the Mayor's office during a press conference
to announce CitySafe,
Her inspirational and delightful presence at endless community
meetings will forever be missed but never forgotten. She leaves
behind the singular legacy of her dedication and the belief in
the possibility of a better future for our children.
On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I humbly express
my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the beloved