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White, Lula
Retired teacher, civil rights and social activist, Lula M. White, died at the age of 80 on September 10, 2019 after lengthy illnesses. The Hamden/New Haven resident was predeceased by Edward White, Sr. (father), Willie Mae White (mother), adn Charlie Mae White (stepmother).
Lula attended Hillhouse High School, Class of 1956, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master's Degree in History with honors from The University of Chicago. Ms. White taught history for over 28 years at the former Lee High School in New Haven, Connecticut.
Ms. White was one in a notable group of people, including Georgia Congressman John Lewis, Founder and Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020. Ms. White was frequently jailed as a freedom rider trying to desegregate public transportation. In addition, she was arrested for striking to raise salaries for teachers, and jeered for marching to protest injustice. She was recognized by the Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2016, was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Award for her activism and community service, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Albertus Magnus College in 2010. Lula fought the good fight.
She traveled the world garnering friendships, inspiring family, and battling oppression.
She is survived by Edward White, Jr., brother, formerly of New Haven and currently of Vero Beach, Florida, Dorothy White Johnson, sister, Hamden, CT. Donald White, brother, Hamden, CT and Ronald White, brother, Washington, DC.
She also leaves behind 3 nieces (Aisha, Jamila, and Shalaya), 2 nephews (Teddy, Clinton), 7 grandnieces, 2 grandnephews, and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be announced, tentatively planned for December 2019. For more information, see or

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Published in The New Haven Register on Sep. 15, 2019.
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December 5, 2019
Lula and I met when we both started teaching social studies at Lee High School. Over the years, we shared many political conversations, demonstrations, and enthusiasm for the Dodgers. Every time I read the NYTimes these days, I want to talk about the news with her! I am grateful for her friendship, and will never forget her
Terry Freeman
Terry Freeman
December 2, 2019
She and I were both lucky enough to attend the "British Socialism" tutorial with Abram L. Harris at the UofC in the Winter Quarter 1960 . Although we barely knew each other, I remember her. She had that aura surrounding her as someone who would make a difference. Thank you for letting me know how she did just THAT. And, I have no doubt she was an awesome bridge player. Margaret Goldman (Heath back then.) Condolences to her family & friends.
Margaret Goldman
September 28, 2019
I remember Lula White playing bridge with my parents and telling great stories about teaching. What I will remember most will be her laugh.

I am glad I had the chance to know her.

Diane McHale (daughter or Annie Bancroft)
September 28, 2019
I also have known Lula since the 1950's. We had letters going back and forth over all the years with some visits in the earlier years. The last time I saw her was at the 2010 reunion. She looked like the picture shown above. She shared her family news and the news of our Chicago friends and was more modest about her own awards. I will miss her dearly.

Annie Bancroft
Annie Bancroft
September 27, 2019
Lula was a longtime friend, college roommate, mentor, role model, and fellow Dodger fan. Her memory will be a blessing for all who knew her.
Judy G
September 25, 2019
Lula was my friend of 50 years. I miss her greatly. She was a wonderful & generous woman.
Ann Bardacke
September 22, 2019
She was a great science teacher my condolences to the family.
Denise Ashe
September 21, 2019
Lula was an inspiration for all, especially those who believe in social justice. She was scholarly, humble, and soft-spoken. Our country has just lost one of the last living Freedom Riders.
Lula helped teach me how to be a teacher and how to be a good and decent person.

Burt Saxon
Milford, CT
Burt Saxon
September 20, 2019
This woman, this wonderful woman..Having had the honor of meeting with and getting to know Ms.White, took my breath away...
What a glorious, courageous woman...
Dawn Bliesener
Dawn Bliesener
September 18, 2019
What a teacher she was, I was honored to have loved history because her. She shared her stories of being a freedom fighter during civil rights era. She was real and down right honest. I never gave up wanting to learn more about the true or how to better self because her class. She will be missed.
Her student,
Julius L Stone Jr. class of 1998
Julius Stone
September 17, 2019
I am remembering Lula with so much love. She was my mentor at Lee High School. We have never lost touch although we have lived on opposite coasts.In our last conversation Lula said"I just want to march on Washington one more time" Maybe that's where she is today.

Ellen Carlton Turner
Ellen Carlton Turner
September 17, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gary Tinney
September 16, 2019
Lula was my friend since we entered the University of Chicago together in 1956. We lived in the same dorm for three years and then shared an apartment during the last year of college. Her activism is well recorded but she was also funny and devoted to her family. We would meet at reunions and although aging, she was always the same. I, along with so many others, will miss her.
Betty Coonrod
September 16, 2019
Lula was my friend for life. I met her in the fall of 1959, when we both arrived as first year students at the University of Chicago. We both lived in the dorm called Foster House. She had a roommate who was a second year student, and I was in a single room. After a few weeks, we decided to switch around and Lula and I became roommates. Lula and I have stayed in touch for all of these years. When she was able, we had long telephone conversations. We agreed that our time at the University of Chicago, with our wonderful group of friends, was the best time of our lives. Over the years, we saw each other in person only a few times, including at University of Chicago reunions. (Photo is of Lula at our 50th reunion, in 2010). I will miss Lula so very much.
Myra Armstrong
September 16, 2019
It is with great sadness to learn about Lulas passing . I extend my sincerest condolences to her brother Ed and to all of her family. Ed Goglia
Ed Goglia
September 15, 2019
On behalf of the Sykes family, we extend our prayers and condolences to the White family.
Juanita Sykes-Dean
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