Out with a racist, with a hero. The Alabama State University board voted on Friday to rename one of its residences in honor of civil rights icon Jo Ann Robinson, a catalyst for the Montgomery bus boycott and a former professor of ASU. The move comes a year after administrators removed the name of Bibb Graves, a former governor of Alabama and ally of the Ku Klux Klan, from the building.
“I am extremely pleased that the Board of Trustees has seen fit to rename this historic facility in honor of one of the University’s most iconic figures,” said ASU President Quinton Ross, who recommended the name change. Jo Ann Robinson was one of the catalysts for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and is representative of the many faculty and staff who contributed to one of the most significant periods in the history of civil rights in the States. -United. We are proud to be able to celebrate his contributions in this way. “
Robinson was one of the most important and active civil rights activists, although somewhat less famous. Her work during the bus boycott, in which she wrote and printed flyers, organized carpools and headed the Women’s Political Council, contributed to the success of the protest.
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once said that Robinson, more than anyone, was “active at all levels of the protest.”
Robinson was also a women’s rights activist, pushing women to become more involved in civil rights protests of the 1950s and 1960s, and later, as a teacher in Los Angeles, working with a number of groups. defense of women’s rights.