April 6, 2010
Harriet Shetler, whose wit and tenacious advocacy endeared her to NAMI members across the nation, died March 30 in
She has often been considered NAMI’s founder—although in fact, she was part of a larger movement.
With Beverly Young, also of
She went on to serve on the national board of directors, edit NAMI’s first national newsletter and wrote unpublished histories of the first 10 years of the organization and some of its affiliates.
The story of the historic
At NAMI’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2004, Harriet shared tales of our early years with humor and emotion—and invoked the spirit of the nation’s broader civil rights movement:
"We shall overcome someday, deep in my heart, I do believe that!"
Today NAMI says thank you to Harriet, and the thousands of NAMI volunteers and members who have followed her, whether they knew her or not.
Harriet helped provide NAMI’s vision. She has left a legacy.
And she would be the first to say—there’s still much work to be done. We thank her and all those who are our Harriet Shetlers today, working to build a better future for our children.
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