“Zozo” Laird

Laird, Zodwa Ellen

Henrietta, NY: Aug. 24, 2014. Affectionately known to many as “Zozo” was born on Dec. 22, 1941 in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. She was the First Born of 7 children to the late Sergent C. Zimba & Nobayeni D. Zimba. A loving wife, mother, sister, auntie and political activist. She is survived by her devoted husband, Robert L. Laird; children, Darren Dumisani (Django) Stockton Sr., Kholiswa Maisha (Ray) Henry & Nyamekye Laird; 1 sister, Mangi Zimba; 1 sister-in-law, Cheryl Williams; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friend.

Friends may call Tuesday Sept. 2nd, 5-8 PM at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. Funeral Service Wednesday, 11 AM at the Church. Rev. Dr. John S. Walker, Eulogist and Rev. Dr. Johnny M. Harris Jr., Officiating. Interment, Maplewood Cemetery, Henrietta, NY.

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Zozo was a fervent anti-apartheid and women’s activist in Rochester. For example, she was the keynote speaker at the International Women’s Day Celebration on March 12, 1988. See the notice written by Michele Moore in Empty Closet.

1988 International Women's Day Celebration announcement in Empty Closet. Click to enlarge.

1988 International Women’s Day Celebration announcement in Empty Closet. Click to enlarge.

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