Jane Roberta Summers (1895 - 1992) was a pillar of strength in the Covington
community. She was a tireless activist and trailblazer who waged campaigns
against social injustice, racism, homelessness, and hunger. Ms. Summers was the
first woman manager of the government ubsidized apartments, Jacob Price Homes,
located in Covington, Kentucky. She held the position of manager of Jacob Price
Homes for twenty-five years. Ms. Summers was instrumental in the organization of
the original Meals on Wheels in Covington, Kentucky. After her retirement at the
age of 75, she joined the staff of the Covington Community Action Commission.
Remarkably, Jane Summers became a paralegal at the age of 77 to aid those in
need of low-cost legal services. Jane Roberta Summers was a stalwart member of
the NAACP and the Poor People’s Coalition. On May 5, 1991, Covington Mayor Denny
Bowman proclaimed the day to be “Jane Summer’s Day” in honor of the many
services that Ms. Summers provided to the Covington community. Ms. Summers was
further memorialized through the Jane Roberta Summers Foundation that was formed
to continue her endeavor for social equality.
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