Remains of Angie Brooks Randolph Laid to Rest

Wednesday, 3rd October 2007
A cross-section of government officials at the funeral.
A cross-section of government officials at the funeral.
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid tribute to fallen Associate Justice Angie Brooks-Randolph, describing her as a role model for many around the globe. Liberia, she said, mourns the passing of a strong daughter.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President spoke on Wednesday at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion when she read the Panegyric at the funeral service celebrating the life of the late Angie Brooks-Randolph, whose remains were later laid to rest in Virginia outside Monrovia. The President described the late Angie Brooks-Randolph as a trailblazer and a champion for political freedom and gender equality, who became a symbol for womenís rights through hard work and perseverance. The legacy of the late Angie Brooks-Randolph, the President noted, lives on as women everywhere continue to succeed against the odds. Urging Liberians to celebrate her life, President Johnson Sirleaf recalled that the fallen former President of the 24th UN General Assembly became a scholar, whose intellect and drive made her impossible to be ignored, describing her as a pioneer and an icon.

The funeral service celebrating the life of the late Honorable Angie Brooks-Randolph also drew other political leaders and international groups paying tributes. An official gazette read by Ambassador Edward Dunn, Chief of Protocol of the Republic of Liberia, said the government in the passing of Associate Justice Brooks-Randolph, has lost a seasoned diplomat, eminent jurist, and an astute lawyer, whose concern for the advancement of women was paramount.

On behalf of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, UNMIL Deputy Special Representative Mr. Jordan Ryan also paid tribute to the former UN official. Other tributes came from the Chief Justice His Honor Johnnie Lewis, Speaker Alex Tyler of the House of Representatives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Justice. Tributes were also delivered by the Ministry of Gender and Development, the Liberia National Bar Association, the Lott Carey Baptist Mission, the Providence Baptist Church, as well as the grandchildren and the family of the late Honorable Brooks-Randolph.

At 92, the first female President of the 24th Session of the UN General Assembly died three weeks ago in the United States. She held various national and international posts during her lengthy career, including Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Liberian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Assistant Secretary of State of Liberia and Assistant Attorney General of Liberia, among others.