(BALTIMORE – August 16, 2021) —We are saddened by the passing of our immediate past president, Sandra Almond-Cooper. We offer our encouragement and deepest condolences to Mrs. Almond-Cooper’s family. We celebrate Mother Almond-Cooper’s life and are reminded that our loss is Heaven’s gain.
President Sandra Almond-Cooper was a community activist, organizer, leader, labor supporter, and central committee member. She committed her life to service in the cause of justice. She was not only a mother to her family that she loved dearly, she was a mother and nurturer to our community.
Reverend Kobi Little, president of the Baltimore NAACP, offered this reflection in response to Mrs. Almond-Cooper’s transition from elder to ancestor:
“I met Sandra Almond-Cooper at the NAACP headquarters as a college student in the early 90s and for all of these years, I have known her to be an advocate and a community builder and also an encourager and a connector.
The NAACP and the City of Baltimore owe a debt of gratitude to Mrs. Almond-Cooper for her years of work as a member of the national office staff, as a tireless leader in the Baltimore City Branch, and as the veritable and venerable mayor of Mondawmin.
President Almond-Cooper was a stabilizing force when she ascended to the presidency of the Baltimore Branch following a period of tumult. It was an honor to receive her support for my candidacy and to have her continue to serve as an officer during my first term. She was a champion for voter registration and voting rights, a defender against mass incarceration, a proponent of equity in neighborhood and community development, and a voice for peace and safety.
President Almond-Cooper never stopped pressing for freedom and now that she has gone from labor to reward, we will honor her memory by continuing the march towards freedom. May she rest in peace.”