Women’s leadership was no less important to the development of the Montgomery Bus Boycott than was the male and minister-dominated leadership.
-Jo Ann Robinson
Jo Ann Robinson 4/17/1912 – 8/29/92
- Educator who studied at Fort Valley State University, Atlanta University and Columbia University
- Organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott after the arrest of Rosa Parks in 1955. Robinson, had previously began work to desegregate Montgomery’s city bus system in 1950 after having been verbally attacked by a bus driver for sitting in the “Whites Only” section
- Targeted, arrested and harassed by police for her leadership role in the bus boycott
- Published a memoir (1987) entitled The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It
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