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EDITORIAL: Well Done, Maudine Cooper!

11/13/2013, 3 p.m.
**FILE** Maudine R. Cooper (left), president and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League, and Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA Administrator and Co-Chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition

Well-wishers from near and far gathered on Friday, Nov. 8 to honor one of the city’s finest.

They came together to show Maudine Rice Cooper just how much they love and appreciate her and the considerable personal legacy she has bestowed on the District of Columbia. Cooper is wrapping up 23 years as the engine of the Greater Washington Urban League and moves into well-deserved retirement.

This special lady leaves behind a robust organization that serves more than 65,000 people. Seniors, mothers, people in search of a home, those experiencing hard times and others knew they could turn to the Urban League for a hand up.

Mayor Vincent Gray, elected officials, three former Urban League presidents – including uber-lawyer Vernon E. Jordan – and a constellation of admirers showered Cooper with lots and lots of love.

This couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. Cooper was a trendsetter who used her legal prowess to agitate publicly and behind-the-scenes for equality and social justice.

The sumptuous retirement party at the Marriott Wardman was a fitting tribute to a passionate and dedicated woman.

We’ll miss Maudine but she’s left us a solid foundation on which to continue improving this region.