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Alice's Family Roots

    "Mother of the Westside of Chicago"

Nancy Jefferson was known as the "mother of the West Side". For 25 years, she headed the Midwest Community Council, which helped rebuild the area after urban rioting in the 1960's left much of it burned out. She began as a volunteer at the Midwest Community Council and, in 1963, was named the executive director of the council, the oldest and largest community- based social action group on the West Side. In November 1988, Mrs. Jefferson and a group of other Westside activists threatened to declare "open war" on City Hall after acting Mayor Eugene Sawyer awarded a city contract to the nephew of a Chicago alderman.

A year later, she fought Chicago-based Quaker Oats Co. over its lack of minority hiring in management and appointments to its board. Her name was so revered that, in 1986, the late Mayor Harold Washington named a 2 1/2 mile stretch of Warren Boulevard as Nancy B. Jefferson Boulevard.


Mrs. Jefferson Life Story Was

  "Written By James Hill's From The Chicago Tribune"



Civil Right Activists and Freedom Rider





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