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Longtime Raleigh activist dies at 87

Posted January 23, 2011

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— Longtime Raleigh community activist Jessie Copeland has died, her family confirmed Sunday.

Copeland founded the Inter-Project Council, which is credited with improving living conditions for public housing residents. 

She was also designated one of former President Bill Clinton's Points of Light, a title reserved for people who are actively engaged in fighting poverty in their community.

She received the Rosa Parks Award in 1995.

She was 87.

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  • ncivyrose Jan 28, 2011

    To "bigsix842": The Point of Light Award honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help critical needs in their communities. Jessie Copeland CHOSE to live in Chavis Heights where she could be near the people she spent her adult live championing for the rights of poor, hard working citizens of Raleigh AND until her health deteriorated due to respiratory illnesses, she was a hard working parent of three just like all of the other parents living in Chavis Height at that time; working 2-3 jobs if necessary to feed clothe and shelter their families. Even when her health failed she STILL tried to make a difference in the lives of her community neighbors.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 24, 2011

    "Copeland founded the Inter-Project Council, which is credited with improving living conditions for public housing residents. "

    Why would living conditions need to be improved? Are you telling me that the Government would provide less than perfect facilities? That they would not maintain the facilities so that they would be nice places to inhabit? How could this be, after trillions upon trillions of dollars have been given out?

  • bigsix842 Jan 24, 2011

    Jessie once bragged of living in public housing at Chavis Heights for 45 years. Bragging of living on public assistance. Yes, a Real Point of Light