Constance Mitchell, the first African-American woman to be elected to the Monroe County Board of Supervisors passed away on Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced.
Mayor Warren in a statement said, “Constance Mitchell was one of my personal heroes and role models in the fight to bring civil rights and social justice to the city of Rochester. She continued to give back to this community in many ways and she remained a source of strength and support for my family and me late into her life. I am a living example of the fact that she continued to lift as she climbed. I encourage all of Rochester’s citizens to take a moment today to offer a prayer of gratitude for the life of Connie Mitchell. We can never forget those whose shoulders we stand upon. We can never forget those whose sacrifice made our own achievements possible.”
She was a close friend of Malcolm X, marched down south during the civil rights movement and was instrumental in helping the community heal after the Rochester riots of 1964. — WHEC 10