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From Mayor Adrian M. Fenty:
“Our city has lost a true legend today,” said Mayor Fenty. “From the earliest days of Home Rule to the present, as an elected official and a private citizen, Hilda Mason was a force behind the voting rights movement and the education of thousands of young people. On behalf of the entire District of Columbia government and the residents we serve, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Councilmember Mason’s family and friends.”
From Councilmember Kwame R. Brown:
“While I was saddened to hear of the loss of former Councilmember Hilda Mason, I have been and continue to be inspired by her steadfast dedication to the District,” said Brown. “I believe that her spirit of civic involvement will continue to encourage more residents to become active members of the community. I’m grateful for her tireless commitment to education and to providing our city with full voting representation in Congress. She helped lay the foundation for a brighter future for all District residents.”
UPDATE, 4:02 P.M.: From At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson:
I am sad to have learned of the passing of former Councilmember Hilda Howland Mason. But it is a blessing that she lived a long life full of great contributions to humanity – as a teacher, civil rights activist, warrior for Home Rule and statehood, and legislator. The shoes of her predecessor, Julius Hobson, were hard to fill, but I think she filled them. Her many years on the Council were marked with progressive legislation aimed to improve the lot of the average citizen. She was always known as a lady of grace and dignity. Her passing is another moment in closing of the curtain on a great generation.