Lizzie Carr, Rachel Parker and Amay Martin James were foundational leaders on the West side who provided the initial advocacy for development and pride in the community. These women and their families were instrumental in the development of this historic black community. They were educators and advocates for empowerment and change to improve overall economic outcomes through land development and community building.
Maggie Freeman, Lucille McNeil-Chambers, and Carrie Graves were strong catalysts for change on the Corridor in the 1970s. They were advocates for the development of the West Blvd Library, Amay James Recreation Center, and affordable housing.