2011-07-22 / Community

Street Named For Rockaway Activist

New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr. has announced that the intersection of Beach 43 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway will be renamed in honor of the late Lizzie Ruth Brown, a longtime community activist and organizer and a beloved mother figure in the community that she served so long and so well.

“Lizzie Brown passed away last September at the age of 70, but she left behind her an unparalleled legacy of community service and commitment to others that few in the Rockaway community will soon forget,” said Sanders.

“The President of Beach 41st Street Houses Tenant Association for more than ten years, Lizzie was a tireless champion for the people of her block and the Rockaways generally. I was tremendously saddened to learn of her death last fall, but it is only fitting that the City bestows this honor upon her, to memorialize a woman who gave so much of her life to the well being of others.” A native of South Carolina, Lizzie Brown made New York City her home for decades, serving as a supervisor for the central complaints division of the New York City Department of Health for twentyfive years before turning her attention full time to the Far Rockaway community she so loved.

Through her church, the Full Gospel Tabernacle, Brown served as an activist and an organizer for her community.

Later, as president of the Beach 41st Street Houses Tenant Association, Brown led the fight in preventing the city from closing the Beach 41st Street Community Center, organizing meetings and lobbying elected officials.

“Lizzie’s passion, determination and commitment are a shining example to each of us,” concluded the Councilman.

“The corner of Beach 43rd Street will now bear the name of the woman who served it diligently and gracefully for so long.”

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