Higgins worked tirelessly to make Gainesville a better community for all, including her dedicated years of service at Springhill Baptist Church.
She initiated an energetic campaign to register disenfranchised voters following the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and was personally committed to registering thousands of voters throughout her 16 years as Deputy Supervisor of Elections. Higgins also served as Recording Secretary of the Alachua County NAACP for 20 years.
She was a charter member of Voters for Equal Rights, a member of Gainesville’s Bi-Racial Committee and served as the first Black President of Gainesville Women for Equal Rights.
As an active board member of the Alachua County Housing Authority for 22 years, Higgins fought for better housing for the poor and to improve the conditions of the Sugarhill neighborhood.
Dedicated to her community, Higgins served as a member of the Gainesville Police Department’s Chief of Police Advisory Board, the Black-on-Black Crime Task Force, Partners Against Crime, Police Advisory Commission and Reichert House Youth Academy program, among many others. She was the recipient of the Gainesville Police Department’s Police Support of the Decade and Leadership and Achievement Award.
During her lifetime of service, Higgins gained the admiration of many and received numerous honors and awards throughout her life, including letters of commendation from President Reagan and Governors Graham and Chiles.
She was honored with the establishment of a scholarship in her name to be awarded to minority students enrolled at Santa Fe College who were living in properties managed by the housing authority.