State lawmakers honored the late, great Bertha ‘B’ Holt last night at the Legislative Building. Though highly appropriate, it’s too bad they couldn’t have done it while she was still alive and kicking because she deserved it and, I think, would have enjoyed it. Holt died in 2010 at the age of 93.
‘B’ was a lawyer and a fine state legislator who represented Alamance County for almost two decades. She was a fighting progressive on any number of issues, but will be best remembered as a tireless champion of women’s rights who broke dozens of barriers that had formerly existed for women — especially in the South.
I got my first and best opportunity to work with ‘B’ when I was a relatively new lobbyist at the General Assembly in 1993 working on behalf of poor Legal Aid clients and, in particular, victims of domestic violence. The subject of our collaboration was a bill to reform state rape laws.
As amazing as it may now seem, just 19 years ago, Read More