Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement

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  • At the Frontlines
  • Jo Ann Gibson Robinson
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Ella Baker
  • Septima Poinsette Clark
  • Vivian Malone Jones
  • Mary Fair Burks
  • Diane Nash
  • Clara Luper
  • Daisy Bates

Jo Ann Gibson Robinson

Jo Ann Gibson Robison played an instrumental role in the Montgomery bus boycott and mimeographed tens of thousands of handbills calling for the protest after Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat. She also participated in the carpool system that enabled the boycott to continue beyond one day and was the editor of the Montgomery Improvement Association newsletter. Martin Luther King Jr. said she "perhaps more than any other person, was active on every level of the protest." 

(Photo: Courtesy of Montgomery County Alabama Archives)

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