Black Women : Cheryl Linn Glass

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    Wednesday, July 23, 1997 - Page updated at 12:00 AM
    Cheryl Linn Glass; She Accomplished Much In A Short Life

    By Florangela Davila
    Seattle Times Staff Reporter

    About 200 people filed into Seattle's Mount Zion Baptist Church yesterday morning to pay tribute to Cheryl Linn Glass.
    There might have been even more people there, but her family wanted to keep news of her death quiet.
    Media attention might have focused too much on how she died, rather than on what she did while alive. And in her 35 years, Glass accomplished a lot.
    Glass, nicknamed "The Lady," raced cars, starting with quarter-midgets at the age of 9, then traveling all over the country, becoming the country's only black woman professional race-car driver.
    She was a businesswoman. She ran her own ceramics company while still a child, selling some of her creations to Frederick & Nelson; then became a clothing designer, designing wedding and formal evening wear out of her studio in Pioneer Square.
    She was an electrical-engineering student who, with her dad, co-founded an engineering program for minority students at the University of Washington.
    Organizations and publications saluted her as a trailblazer, an achiever, one of America's Top 100, one of Washington's Top 100.
    Those accomplishments are what her mother, Shirley Glass, wants everyone to remember.
    What can't be explained is why Glass, one afternoon last week, jumped off the Aurora bridge and killed herself.
    Glass was born Dec. 24, 1961, in Mountain View, Calif., the eldest of two girls born to Marvin and Shirley Glass. The family moved to Seattle in 1963....

    COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19970723&slug=2550921
     
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    Wednesday, August 13, 1997 - Page updated at 12:00 AM
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    Cheryl Glass -- Driver Will Be Remembered For Her Tenacity In Fighting For Justice For Herself, Others



    Editor, The Times:
    I knew Cheryl Glass closely during the last year of her life. I loved Cheryl and I spent part of every day with her. Sadly, she died on July 15.
    Your obituary of July 23 ("Cheryl Linn Glass; she accomplished much in a short life"), talks about her like the last six years of her life are a loss, mystery, or a tragedy.
    From my point of view, Cheryl's tenacity and strength that allowed her to become the nation's only black woman professional race-car driver, carried over into her life of political activism that started when she was raped in 1991. Her struggle for justice led her to challenge the government and to stand with others who had similar problems.
    You make the statement that 1994 is the last time she was mentioned in The Seattle Times. To clear up a point, Cheryl led many protests against police brutality, oppression and injustice in the past several years.
    She stood with Antonio Jackson's family when he was basically lynched in Federal Way by Safeway employees and King County Police. She emceed the Seattle part of the National Day of Protest against Police Brutality Oct. 22, 1996. Last spring, she co-founded the Seattle Chapter of Refuse and Resist.
    Far from the tragic solitary victim, Cheryl has been quite active during these last few years and part of an expanding community of activists.
    In the later part of her life, Cheryl sacrificed a lot for her ideals - including her racing career and national celebrity. She came to see these things as less important than her fight against injustice and oppression. In her political development, she fought first for herself, later for the people of the whole world.
    When she insisted on her newfound radicalism, she saw many of her former professional contacts and "friends" turn away from her. She came to understand that her former position as successful "role model" had been partly dependent on her continuing cooperation with and promotion of an unjust system.
    Not many people have the strength and courage to give up career and fame in order to follow their principles. ...

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    May you not be forgotten.

    May you be remembered for all your strides, for yourself and for others.
     
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