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Hartford Changemakers

Black, Latinx, and Indigenous leaders in Hartford History

Lucy Cooper Summers

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Lucy Cooper Summers (1920-1995) 

Poet, Community Organizer, Housing Advocate

Cooper Summers was a soft spoken poet and community organizer who raised money for building projects, planted urban gardens, and helped organize Head Start in Hartford. She came to Hartford in 1949 with her new husband, Don Summers, who she met at Atlanta University. He was the principal of West Middle School, and she help start Amistad House for young mothers and children, raised almost $1 million to remodel houses on Capen Street, and began the group Organized Northeasterners (which became ONE-CHANE) to do good works for the neighborhood. In 1982 she persuaded “Roots” author Alex Haley to speak at the dedication of an 18-unit condominium on Capen Street, naming the building after him. In 1969 she published “99 Patches,” a book of poetry. The book was revised and reprinted in 1995. Two years later the 1997 class at Hartford High School each received a copy as a present.
 

Poeta, organizadora comunitario, defensora de la vivienda

Cooper Summers fue un poeta de voz suave y organizador comunitario que recaudó dinero para proyectos de construcción, plantó jardines urbanos y ayudó a organizar Head Start en Hartford. Ella vino a Hartford en 1949 con su nuevo esposo, Don Summers, a quien conoció en la Universidad de Atlanta. Él era el director de West Middle School, y ella ayudó a iniciar Amistad House para madres y niños pequeños, recaudó casi $ 1 millón para remodelar casas en Capen Street y comenzó el grupo Organized Northeasterners (que se convirtió en ONE-CHANE) para hacer buenas obras para el vecindario. En 1982 persuadió al autor de "Roots", Alex Haley, para hablar en la dedicación de un condominio de 18 unidades en la calle Capen, nombrando el edificio después de él. En 1969 publicó "99 parches", un libro de poesía. El libro fue revisado y reimpreso en 1995. Dos años después, la clase de 1997 en Hartford High School recibió una copia como regalo.