Headline: OBITUARY Roxbury community activist Alice Yancey
Publication Date: March 22, 1996
Source: Boston Herald
Region: Boston Metro, Massachusetts
Obituary: Alice White Yancy of Roxbury, community activist and mother of Boston City Councilor Charles C. Yancey, died Wednesday at Boston City Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 82.
Born in Winchester, Mrs. Yancey was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls.
She worked at the Shattuck Hospital for 26 years.
A community activist, Mrs. Yancey was president of several home and school education associations. She was involved in the Boston schools desegregation fight and had many heated discussions with the Boston School Committee.
Mrs. Yancey was also involved in the civil rights movement in Boston during the 1960s, meeting many times with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After his assassination, she worked to rename the Patrick T. Campbell Junior High School in honor of Dr. King.
Mrs. Yancey organized many Savin Street cleanup campaigns and fought successfully for tot lots and playgrounds for the children of Boston.
Mrs. Yancey held meetings in her home with Mayors John F. Collins and Kevin H. White.
She was named Citizen of the Year by Mayor Raymond L. Flynn. The Boston City Council declared Aug. 28, 1993, Mrs. Yancey's 80th birthday, Alice W. Yancey Day.
She served on the board of directors of Action for Boston Community Development, the Roxbury Multi-Service Center, Model Cities and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She also founded and was president of the Women's Improvement League in Boston.
Mrs. Yancey taught a cooking class at the Roxbury Boys Club and served as a warden for the Election Department for more than 20 years.
Wife of the late Howell Yancey Sr., she is survived by seven sons, Howell T. Jr. of Brockton, Frederick H. II of Detroit, Ronald A. of Derry, N.H., and Terrence L., Robert R., Charles C. and Vincent G., all of Boston; a daughter, Eleanor Fuller of Boston; and 37 grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Twelfth Baptist Church, Roxbury.
Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, at 10 a.m. Monday.
Arrangements by Bullock Funeral Home, Mattapan.