Lydia M. Jiggetts, prayer warrior and activist, dies at 70 | Richmond Free Press

Dr. Lydia Mercedes Jiggetts sought to help people in multiple ways.

In the 1970s, she was part of a team of activists that helped force Richmond area radio and television stations to end their whites-only employment policies and open their doors to African-American talent.

By the 1980s, she was organizing The Branches of the True Vine Ministries with her sister, Rosa A. Jiggetts, to assist people with food, clothing and money to pay for utilities and burials.

Dr. Jiggetts also worked with her sister to help seniors stay in their homes by recruiting retirees to provide caregiver services.

And when she heard students from John Marshall High School complain about an infestation of rats, she bombarded the city School Board and school officials with phone calls demanding action….

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