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Roach, Margaret (-2000) | Collaborative Archive from the African Diaspora

Name: Roach, Margaret (-2000)
Variant Name: Roach, Margaret Blake

Historical Note:

Mrs. Margaret Latimore Blake Roach, originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was a long time educator, community activist and volunteer in Broward County. A graduate of Clark College in Atlanta, she began her teaching career in the 1930s in Tampa, Florida.

Widowed from her first husband, Tampa high school principal Robert Blake in 1954, Mrs. Roach later taught at Dillard High School in the 1950s. She then met widower Cato Roach Jr., who was then-president of the Florida State Teachers Association. The two married in 1962.

During her illustrious career Mrs. Roach was the founding president of Broward's Urban League and she was the first woman and African-American on Broward Community College's Board of Trustees.

She was also a charter member of the Florida Council on Human Relations, a former board member of the local National Conference of Christians and Jews, a former secretary of the United Way, and a trustee at Clark Atlanta University, her alma mater.

Mrs. Roach was also a charter member of the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Links, Inc. and non-profit service organization.

Together with her husband Cato, an equally accomplished teacher, community activist and volunteer, they have 90 years of service between them.

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