Reports: Silver Spring Civil Rights Activist Roscoe Nix Dies
The Gazette newspaper reports that one of the people who helped to desegregate downtown Silver Spring died Wednesday night.
Roscoe Nix, namesake of Roscoe R. Nix Elementary and one of the people responsible for desegregating downtown Silver Spring died at age 90, according to the Gazette.
Nix served on the Montgomery County Board of Education from 1974 to 1978 and was president of the county NAACP from 1980 to 1990. He was also the co-founder of the Montgomery County African American Festival of Academic Excellence, which recognizes African-American students, according to a statement from Montgomery County Public Schools. MCPS named an elementary school near Hillandle for Nix in 2006.
He moved to Riverdale, GA in 2010 and died there on Wednesday, Jan. 4, his daughter told the newspaper. He is survived by his wife, Emma Nix, 95, and daughters Veretta Nix, 58, Susan Webster, 52, and three grandchildren.
MCPS features a video respective of Nix's life on its website.