(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) On behalf of the Florida State Conference NAACP, it is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of a great advocate for Freedom and Justice — Ms. Patricia “Pat” Spencer.
Our friend, mentor, trainer, agitator, fellow freedom fighter, prayer partner, and civil rights warrior died last night in Tampa, Florida. Her death comes as a surprise to all of us. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to celebrating, sharing, and duplicating her life work to create positive, social change for all Americans especially Floridians.
She will forever be remembered for her advocacy work in the Red Cross, FL Legal Aid and, especially, the NAACP wherein she served faithfully in several local Branches (currently the Hillsborough County Branch) and State Conferences that travel from Florida to Michigan to Nevada. At a young age, Ms. Spencer had the opportunity to work with Dr. King and other pioneers to bring change to the State of Alabama. Recently, Pat reminded us that she has been a member since age 7. It is her love of and tenacity to maintain the pillars of this organization that should motivate us all to continue this great work. We will miss her Friday prayer reminders and her challenge to all NAACP’ers to boost membership. We will miss her dry wit and unique voice and laugh. We will miss her.
The Florida State Conference of Branches and Youth Units extends sympathy to her children and grandchildren, family and close friends in the loss of one of America’s Champions for Justice.
Adora Obi Nweze
President, Florida State Conference NAACP