Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ruby Doris Smith Robinson

Born this day in 1942: Ruby Doris Smith Robinson (1942–1967), civil rights leader.

In her short 25 years on this planet, Robinson had a big impact on the civil rights movement. As a SNCC field representative she helped organize SNCC chapters in Charleston, South Carolina, Nashville Tennessee, and Macomb, Mississippi. She participated in sit-ins and Freedom Rides and was jailed several times. In By 1966 she she became SNCC’s executive secretary (the first and only woman in that role). She died of cancer the following year.

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