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Andrew D. Wright, was a leader in city Head Start organizations
June 14, 1928 -- April 20, 2007

Services for Andrew D. Wright of Buffalo, a leader in Head Start organizations, will be at noon Thursday in St. Luke's African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 314 E. Ferry St., after a wake at 11.

Mr. Wright died Friday in Williamsville View Manor. He was 78.

Born in Greenville, Miss., he moved to Buffalo with his family in the early 1940s and attended Buffalo schools. He served in the Army from 1946 to 1949, attaining the rank of corporal, and attended Howard University and the University of Buffalo.

A community activist, Mr. Wright worked in the X-ray department at what is now Veterans Affairs Medical Center until the mid-1960s, when he and the late Rev. James T. Hemphill established one of the first Head Start centers for youngsters in Buffalo at Hemphill's church, Walls Memorial AME Zion Church.

Mr. Wright served as director of the Walls Memorial Head Start and the Community Action Organization's Classroom Head Start, retiring in 1990.

He served as president of Upstate New York Head Start and the Buffalo Chapter of the Black Child Development Institute and was vice president of the New York Head Start Association.

President of the CAO Credit Union, he also was a member of the Minority Coalition, the Civic Betterment League and the Urban League.

He also was sports editor of the Buffalo Challenger newspaper.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Alice White; a son, Andrew D. Jr.; and three daughters, Alandrea Mitchell, Denise and Esther.

[ANDERSON]

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