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

Name: Roach, Cato (-2000)

Historical Note:

Mr. Cato Roach an accomplished teacher, community activist and volunteer, was born in Metcalfe, Mississippi. He graduated from Knoxville College in 1938 and began a lifelong teaching career.

In, 1946 he came to Broward County and taught math, science and coach basketball and football at Dillard High School, at the time the only four-year black high school in the county. Among his many accomplishments; Mr. Roach was instrumental in helping to implement the Head Start program, served as the first black county-level supervisor of elementary education, was president of the American Lung and the Mental Health associations of Broward County, and served on Fort Lauderdale's Bi-racial Committee and the county's Juvenile Court Advisory Board.

Together with his wife Margaret, an equally accomplished teacher community activist and volunteer they have 90 years of service between them.

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