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Bronx honors Estella B. Diggs with street renaming ceremony on 108th birthday

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On Sunday, April 21st, at 3 PM, the Estella B. Diggs Democratic Club will lead a significant event at the corner of 167th Street and Franklin Avenue in the Bronx: the unveiling of a street renaming to commemorate Estella B. Diggs, the Bronx’s pioneering figure.

Estella made history in 1972 as the first woman of color from the Bronx to be elected to the New York State Assembly, where she left an indelible mark by championing the creation of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program—a landmark achievement that has since become a national program.

Estella B. Diggs’ legacy extends far beyond her legislative milestones.

Serving her district, the 79th Assembly District, and the entirety of New York State, she earned unparalleled respect and admiration for her tireless dedication to social progress.

This event, coinciding with what would have been her 108th birthday, promises to be a heartfelt celebration of Estella B. Diggs’ enduring impact on her community and beyond.

The ceremony, titled “Estella B. Diggs Street Renaming & Birthday Reception,” will take place on April 21, 2024, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

The proceedings will commence with the unveiling of the renamed street at 167th Street and Franklin Avenue (meeting at 1144 Franklin Ave, Bronx, NY 10456), marking a historic moment in the Bronx’s history.

Following the street renaming, a birthday reception will be held at Estella Diggs Park on E 167th Street, where attendees will gather to honor Estella B. Diggs’ enduring legacy and her contributions to the community.

Estella B. Diggs’ influence continues to resonate, and the street renaming ceremony on her birthday is a testament to her lasting impact on the Bronx and New York State.

This event is a poignant reminder of her remarkable achievements and her unwavering dedication to public service, leaving an inspiring legacy for generations to come.

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