|Name||C. Virginia Fields|
|Address||243 West 138 Street |
New York, New York , United States
|| August 06, 1945
Mar 26, 2013 04:51pm
|Info||C. Virginia Fields’ story is one of courage and determination. Virginia came of age at a time when a commitment to social justice could be dangerous. In 1963, as a teenager she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., braving the fire hoses and police dogs of Birmingham, Alabama and taking her stand in the civil rights struggle that transformed our nation. |
After earning an undergraduate degree at Knoxville College and an MSW at Indiana University, Virginia moved to New York in 1971 to pursue a career in social work. She served as an administrator of social services for the Children's Aid Society, as a supervisor of social services for the city's Work Release program, and as a consultant to the National Board of the YWCA.
During this time, Virginia was also actively engaged in local issues, serving as a Democratic District Leader and chair of Community Board 10.
In 1989, Virginia became the first African-American woman elected to the City Council from Manhattan, where she served two four-year terms. On the City Council, she was successful in creating affordable housing, revitalizing schools, fostering economic growth, increasing public safety and preserving programs for young people and seniors.
Virginia was elected Manhattan Borough President in 1997, the chief executive for the 1.5 million residents of Manhattan. The Borough President has the power to draft legislation, allocate grants to the borough’s non-profit service providers, fund capital improvement projects and set priorities for the borough.