The Angola 3 Coalition suffered a tragic loss this Christmas. Althea Francois, one of
Althea spent her life actively engaged in the struggle for justice, starting with her involvement in the Black Panther Party, where she began her efforts to help political, economic and racial prisoners. She embodied the finest and most basic ideals of empathy and generosity and inspired all of us that had the privilege of coming in contact with her.
In the late ‘90’s, Althea and
Althea was finally able to purchase a home-base for her daughters and grandchildren in the Gentilly area of
She loved her daughters with the ferocity of a lioness and was so proud of their accomplishments. They were the center of her being and I know that what would worry her most now is the pain they will feel at her loss.
Sadly, Althea had no insurance and no savings, thus leaving her daughters not only with the grief of losing her, but with the challenge of raising funds for her funeral. If you can help with a donation to the family, please send what you can to defray the funeral costs
1. Call Rhodes: Jasmine
Please let them know you would like to give funds for the services of Althea Francois.
2. Donate Online directly: http://tinyurl.com/y8myj4j
You do not have to have a pay Pal account to use this option. Look for link on bottom after you enter your donation amount.
3. Mail funds to:
Olga Francois c/o Todd Taylor,
Please join the family for a celebration of her life and service:
Saturday, January 2, 2010 @ 1:00PM
Additional information will be posted as received.
--View the photo presentation from Althea's January, 2009 birthday party here. Al loved her some Nina Simone. We've included two selections below for you to listen to.