Doris Richburg Jackson was born in Luverne, Alabama on November 6, 1924. She was the nineth of twelve children born to Daniel Bishop Richburg and Lovie Simmons Richburg. Doris was the last surviving member of the Richburg family. She has left a rich legacy of leadership and a powerful sense of caring for others to follow.
Doris was united in marriage to United States Air Force Master Sergeant Boyd Jackson in 1959. Doris was deeply committed to ensuring that children received an excellent academic education and participated in extracurricular activities. She taught at Kirtland Elementary School, and she spent the final years of her teaching career at Montezuma Elementary School, both of which were in the Albuquerque Public School District.
For two consecutive years, she served as Co-Chair of the Debutante Ball (now known as the Salute to Youth Gala) sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This program provided financial assistance to high school graduates as they advanced their education beyond high school. Doris supported high school students like her niece who participated in the high school track team. Doris not only attended track competitions to support her niece, but she also supported her niece and other students financially by purchasing meals for student athletes after competitions.
Doris was very active in her community. She was a member of the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees and served as a member of the Board. Doris had a strong interest in both the visual and performing arts focused on African American culture and history. She was a volunteer at the African American Performing Arts Center, and she was a member of the Board of Directors of the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico where she served as the Secretary-Treasurer. She also served as member of the Board of the Office of African American Affairs.
Doris was a dedicated member of Iota Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for over fifty years. She served as the President of the Sorority in 1982 and again from 1995-1996. She also held the position as treasurer. In addition, Doris served as the first Connection Coordinator for the State of New Mexico and as the Regional Connection Coordinator. She helped raise money for the sorority’s Educational Advancement Fund to support students’ college education and internship opportunities. Doris often attended the South Central Regional Conference of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the national conference of the sorority when it was convened. Doris was a member of the Links, Inc. for 31 years.
Doris Richburg Jackson was a long-time member of New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church where she served on the usher board for more than 40 years. She exemplified community service and goodwill through humility, courage, and empowerment. Doris is survived by her only child, Derric, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Homegoing Service: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Grant Chapel AME Church
7920 Claremont Avenue, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110