Victory Bell was born in Durant, Mississippi in 1934. He grew up in a sharecropping family, growing corn and picking cotton when he was 6 or 7 years old. His education began in a segregated school.

His family understood racism was not enshrined in laws up North, and began looking for opportunities to escape the crushing poverty of Mississippi sharecropping. They brought him to Rockford when he was 8 years old in 1945.

Bell lived and worked in Rockford when in 1971, he was elected Rockford's first African-American alderman representing the 5th Ward. He served in that position until 2009.

Victory has remained committed to Rockford's Southwest side, and has served on the SWIFTT Board for many years. He remains committed to moving Rockford and the Southwest side forward.

Victory Bell

Board Member