Jacqueline Sarah Dickerson Hutt Hickman was born on December 29, 1927 to Ruth Jeannette Shelby Toliver Dickerson and James Gerald Dickerson.
Jacqueline graduated from Los Angeles High School where she sang in the choir and was crowded the Queen of the Fretilli Club. Jacqueline attended UC Berkley and received a BS in Mathematics from UCLA where she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Soon after college she met and married Donald Hugh Hutt and to their union were born Heather Hutt, Ingrid Hutt and James (Jimmy) Hutt. Later in life, Jacqueline divorced, then met and married Melvin Hickman.
Jacqueline’s professional career began by teaching at- risk students at David Starr Jordan Skill Center and Gardena Skill Center.
After giving many years to education she felt like following her father’s footsteps in entrepreneurship was the only way to financial independence. She saw there was a health disparity in the underserved community in South Los Angeles. So she created and operated a meat delivery business that served the greater Los Angeles area.
Owning a small business gave her a community consciousness, inspiring her to become an advocate for Welfare Rights Mothers. One of her greatest accomplishment in advocacy was when she Johnnie Tillman, Mary Henry and Lillian Mobley filled up two busses of Welfare Rights Mothers and headed to Lawry’s Prime Rib Restaurant sat down, ate dinner and then paid with Food Stamps! Their efforts were to drive the point home that better quality foods should be available for all people.
Her hard work lead her to the Office of Los Angeles Councilman Robert Farrell where she was employed to address food access in minority communities within the 8th Council District. Councilman Farrell later promoted her to Housing and Block Grant coordinator where she worked to expand access to affordable and integrated housing in Los Angeles.
As a result of her years of work on housing and community development issues, Jacqueline authored two books ”How to buy a House” and “The Feasibility Study for Replacement Housing for the I-105 Freeway.”
In 1983 armed with a passion for the Community she decided to run for Los Angeles City Council. While not successful, Jackie’s campaign led her to become more civically active throughout her community.
Jacqueline maintained an active civic presence in Los Angeles by holding leadership positions with the Los Angeles Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Lullaby Guild, Black Agenda, Black Woman’s Forum, Jack n Jill and the Foundation for the Junior Blind.
Through her civic work, she welcomed civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Nelson Mandela to Los Angeles and led numerous marches through Los Angeles demanding equality and civil rights for minorities and women.
Jackie loved people and loved her community but most of all she loved her grandchildren. Hamilton, Harrison, Hugh, Julian and Hayley.
She leaves behind her three children Heather, Ingrid and James, Daughter in-law Annice, Grandsons Hamilton, Harrison, Hugh, Julian and Granddaughter Hayley. Her Cousins were her siblings so she leaves Everett (Buster) Brandon, Kenneth Brandon, Betty Neal, Sarah Brandon, Jewel Williams her younger cousins and a village of extended Daughters, Sons, Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews.