(July 24, 2013) – Mayor Pedro E. Segarra released the following statement today on the passing of community leader and activist Trude Mero, Co-Founder of Project Concern, one of the first voluntary school desegregation programs in the United States, who also served as an executive assistant to four Connecticut governors.
“I am deeply saddened by the news,” Mayor Segarra said. “Ms. Mero was a humanist, an activist and a dedicated community leader for many decades. The City of Hartford is a better place to live and work because of her work. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and loved ones.”
Trude Mero was appointed to the African American Affairs Commission in 1998, where she served as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. She has been recognized by the Urban League and the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, and served as an incorporator for Hartford Hospital. She was also involved in the Greater Hartford Progressive Democratic Women's Club (President), Advisory Board for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the NAACP, the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, and the Spring Grove Cemetery. She is has five children, four grandchildren and is the widow of Wilfred “Spike” Johnson, the first African American elected to the Connecticut General Assembly.