Olive Diggs

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Mound City, Illinoisc
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • Northwestern University
  • Roosevelt University
OccupationManaging Editor

Olive Myrl Diggs (died 1980) was the managing editor of Anthony Overton's Chicago Bee from 1929 until it closed in 1947, a public official advocating for Chicago's African American community, and a city planner.

She was born in Mound City, Illinois, received a B.S. in Economics and Accounting from Northwestern University and an M.S. from Roosevelt University.

At the Chicago Bee, Diggs focused on housing for African-Americans in Chicago and advocated for neighborhood rejuvenation. She directed the Neighborhood Youth Corps[1] and was a consultant for the National Youth Administration.[2]

She served as Assistant Direct of the Illinois Commission on Human Relations. She gave speeches.[3] She retired as Administrative Assistant in the Chicago Department of Planning, City and Community Development in 1979.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/bmrc/view.php?eadid=BMRC.DUSABLE.DIGGS
  2. Company, Johnson Publishing (December 4, 1980). "Jet". Johnson Publishing Company – via Google Books.
  3. https://collections.carli.illinois.edu/digital/collection/sic_degypt/id/859

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