(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray issued the following statement on the passing of former Ward 6 Councilmember, urban-housing activist and longtime elder care advocate, Nadine P. Winter, who died Friday, August 26, 2011.
"It was with great sadness and a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of one of the District of Columbia’s first elected DC Councilmembers after the District was given home rule in the 1970s. The Honorable Nadine Winter was known as one of the greatest fighters for the struggling poor and a pivotal leader in our city and in our movement to secure full democracy.
As the first and only African-American female Councilmember from the diverse Ward 6 neighborhood, Councilmember Winter led the charge for social action and access to social services for all District residents. Her contributions to the District and its underserved populations are immeasurable. The Honorable Nadine P. Winter, whom I have known for years, was a true warrior for the District of Columbia, and her spirit has inspired many to follow in her footsteps."
Ms. Winter represented Ward 6 on the DC Council from 1975 until 1991. She was also the founder and director of Hospitality House, Inc., which assists low-income families, youth, seniors and homeless persons. Additionally, she helped to organize the National Welfare Rights Organization, and she also founded the Health Action Information Network, a non-profit that provides health education. She was also a founding member of the National Congress of Black Women, a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the Self-Determination for DC Coalition. Ms. Winter was also active in the community of breast cancer survivors.
Her body will lie in repose at the John A. Wilson Building from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2011.