Pat Ray & The League of Women Voters
Pat Ray was an outstanding woman who headed the League of Women Voters(LWV) of Monrovia study of Human Resources after the document, “Development of Human Resources,” was adopted at the LWV US Convention in 1964. The Monrovia Committee, lead by Pat, researched and published a groundbreaking two-part report entitled “Who Lives Here,” which analyzed 1960 Census tract data for Monrovia and Duarte, and focused on the
implications of new civil rights legislation with its emphasis on the local schools. According to Mary Ellen Romney MacArthur’s August 1993 Dissertation, “De facto Segregation in Monrovia, California, Almera A. Romney and Huntington Elementary School,” the League’s report shattered the decades of silence and half-truths that had veiled facts about Monrovia and Duarte citizens of color. Studied and adopted by the local League membership, presided over by Betty Sandford, the report “sponsored by a group of the town’s best educated and influential women, irreversibly uncovered the issues and altered Monrovia’s perception of itself.” Pat Ray devoted the next few years to attending school district and other meetings devoted to the integration process, sharing information and supporting efforts to inform Monrovians. Before an Operation Head Start program was adopted by the Monrovia District, Pat began one and recruited other Leaguers to staff it. She represented the League in reporting the organization’s views to the Committee for Study of Racial Imbalance. Pat, by research and development of a report that received the support of her fellow League members and, eventually, the community of Monrovia, was certainly one of those most instrumental in achieving integration of the Monrovia schools and community.