Frank Rich, Sr. never stopped fighting for full democratic rights for residents of the District of Columbia. Everyone involved in our struggle mourns the loss of a man who used his lofty intellect and vast life experience to stand up and demand our rights as Americans. 

Frank stepped forward in 1970, when he testified before what was then the Senate District Committee about home rule when the idea of a real local government for DC seemed a fancifull notion. A veteran of two wars, Frank was a living symbol of what DC had contributed to the nation. And Frank kept on right on giving as long as he could. Well into his 80s, Frank worked as volunteer at DC Vote one day each and every week. As an organization, we were blessed to have the services of a man who had given so much to his community in so many ways. 

When DC Vote named Mr. Rich one of our Champions of Democracy for 2002, DC's first elected Mayor, Walter Washington summed up why DC Vote has always felt so fortunate to have had Frank Rich, Sr., among our most dedicated supporters. 

"Frank Rich, Sr., has been an unwavering pillar of the Washington, DC community ever since I can remember," Mayor Washington said. "As President of the Metropolitan Washington Urban Coalition and through his many other community leadership roles, Frank has always put the best interest of all the residents of this city as his number one priority."

We were blessed that he believed equal rights for the residents of DC was a fundamental element of his constant mission to make the District a great American city. The entire DC Vote family sends our condolences to all of the family and friends of Frank Rich, Sr. 


We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go. 

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