The Negro Educational Emergency Drive did not take long to fire Virginia Montanez after she revealed that she was the popular — and once anonymous — blogger PittGirl. PittGirl was a favorite of readers in Pittsburgh and would dish out funny jabs against the political establishment, particularly the mayor. The Negro Educational Emergency Drive, however, fired the mother of two when it learned what she has been doing in her free time.
NEED is a non-for-profit. The organization proudly displays the quote by William Butler Yeats that “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” In appears, however, that Montanez lit a bit too many fires, particularly under the mayor.
Montanez, 35, outed herself as people seemed to get closer to her true identity. She now appears to also go under the name JanePitt. In her farewell on “That’s Church” she takes the high road: “As I feared would happen, I am no longer working at NEED. Listen. It’s okay. NEED is a wonderful organization doing what it needs to do, look after its rich history and stellar reputation. They don’t need me there as a distraction. I’m very sad about their decision, but I understand it and I am going to accept it and move on.”
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