Dear FANM members and friends,
This past Sunday, our community lost former Miami-Dade Commissioner Dorrin Rolle. He is survived by three children, Yvette Curtis, Tangilar Dorsett and Damon Rolle, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. We are saddened by the news of his untimely death.
Commissioner Rolle, dubbed "the Governor", was born in Liberty City on January 14, 1945, a time of extreme segregation and racial divide. He graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High School and attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He also earned a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Commissioner Rolle was married to Judith James, a nurse who worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Miami Heart Institute, for 37 years.
After graduating from FAMU, Commissioner Rolle worked as a Miami-Dade Public Schools teacher. In 1972, he started working as a social worker at The James E. Scott Community Association (JESCA), an organization he eventually ran. He served as Miami-Dade Commissioner for District 2 from 1998 to 2010.
He was affectionately nicknamed "the Governor" by his family, friends, and supporters. He was passionately invested in giving a voice to the voiceless and improving the lives of those in his community.
I join my voice to those of the 3 million citizens in Miami-Dade County to express our deepest sympathies to Commissioner Dorrin Rolle, his entire family, friends and ardent supporters. Commissioner Rolle always had his ears on the ground and was very connected to his constituents—especially the elderly among us.
May He Rest In Peace and Power !
Marleine Bastien, MSW, LCSW
Family Action Network Movement (FANM)