Renowned Activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes Continues Her Work On The First Coast

Oct 2, 2013

By mayoral proclamation, Wednesday, Oct. 2, is "Dorothy Pitman Hughes Day" in Jacksonville.

Today is also the legendary activist's 75th birthday.

This iconic portrait of Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem hangs in the Smithsonian.

Hughes will celebrate tonight with a party in Springfield featuring her old friend, feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

The two became friends and colleagues in New York in the early 1970s, working together on issues of "racism, classism, and sexism," as Hughes puts it.

Among many other accomplishments, Hughes founded the first battered women's shelter in New York City.

After relocating to Jacksonville several years ago, she continued her activism. Tonight's event is a fundraiser for a Northside community garden project.

"I've seen the kind of poverty here among women and children that really can be corrected," she Hughes said.

"I think we need to revive the kind of movement that we had years ago.  So what we're doing now is building these gardens, and teaching people how to feed themselves."

Hughes is operating two gardens on the Northside and hopes to expand the operation.

Click here for more information on tonight's event.

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