A true News pioneer is honored with a street name in Queens
Elected officials honored an activist — one of the first black reporters ever hired by the Daily News — by renaming a street in Jamaica, Queens, after him on Saturday.
Jefferson Diggs was active in the civil rights movement, organized sit-ins, worked as an aide to councilmen and wrote for New York’s hometown newspaper.
A portion of 88th Ave. at 178th St. now bears his name — near the apartment he shared with his wife, Sonya Geder-Diggs, for 43 years. He died in 2010, at the age of 74.
“He was a major cog for this community. He connected the past to the present. He connected the civil rights movement to the need to educate young people,” said City Councilman Leroy Comrie, adding that Diggs’ experience at The News came in handy.
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