The National Black Caucus of State Legislators Mourns the Passing of Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter: A Life of Enduring Grace and Advocacy

November 20, 2023

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) releases the following statement regarding the passing of beloved former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, wife of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter:

“The National Black Caucus of State Legislators acknowledges the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the age of 96 with a sense of reflection and gratitude for a life well-lived. We fondly remember her tireless efforts during President Carter’s tenure in the White House. A true trailblazer, Mrs. Carter was a dedicated champion for mental health reform, notably serving as the chair of The Carter Mental Health Task Force and actively working toward positive changes in the mental health field.

Beyond her contributions to mental health, Mrs. Carter enthusiastically worked on projects benefiting women and children and made a significant impact as a speaker at the 1977 National Women’s Conference. Alongside her husband, she played a key role in global peace and human rights through The Carter Center, a private, not-for-profit institution based in Atlanta, Georgia, co-founded by The Carters. The Carters were also instrumental in building homes across the world, helping  nearly 5,000 families move into affordable housing in 14 countries, and notably the couple helped Habit for Humanity volunteers renovate a 19-unit building in Americus, Georgia near their hometown of Plains, Georgia, and built homes on the north and west sides of Chicago for low-income families.

Today, we fondly remember former First Lady Carter for her enduring grace, unwavering advocacy, and poised demeanor throughout her lifetime. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Carter family during this time of bereavement.”