In memoriam

Remembering Jackie Anderson

We are saddened by this loss.  Jackie participated in Midwest SWIP for many, many years.  Her words resonate with us.

From The Windy City Times:

Chicago lesbian pioneer and civil-rights activist Jackie Anderson died after a short illness on Jan. 7, surrounded by family and friends. She was 75.

Anderson is survived by her daughter Tracey Anderson and her grandson Torrence “Doc” Gardner. . .

Born in Chicago, Anderson graduated from Roosevelt University and retired from a long career as assistant professor of humanities and philosophy at Olive-Harvey College, where she started work in 1975. She twice served as department chairperson.

Her brilliant academic mind was among things her friends remembered most about Anderson. A steadfast feminist, she especially supported African American lesbian projects on Chicago’s South Side.  read more . . .

Sarah Hoagland writes of Jackie’s work at Midwest SWIP:

Bringing complex and provocative questions/thoughts to the Midwest Society for Women in Philosophy, energizing both the Women of Color Caucus and the Lesbian Caucus.

Please consider contributing to the scholarship in her memory:

Roosevelt University held a special place in Anderson’s heart. One promise she asked Torrence ( her grandson ) to keep was to start a scholarship fund for young African-American female students to help continue their pursuit of higher education. She understood that $1,000 could be the difference between degree completion and dropping out. Therefore, a donation to the Jackie Anderson Scholarship Fund is being sought by family and friends.

Jackie Anderson Scholarship Fund

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