On this day in Alabama history: Influential civil rights leader born in Lowndes County

On this day in Alabama history: Influential civil rights leader born in Lowndes County
Although he was an integral figure in the civil rights movement, E.D. Nixon never received the media attention given other leaders after the 1960s. He worked in public housing in Montgomery toward the end of his career. He was recognized by the Montgomery County Public School System in 2001 with an elementary school named in his honor. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History)

July 12, 1899

Civil rights leader Edgar Daniel Nixon is born in Lowndes County. Standing six feet, four inches tall, the charismatic Nixon became one of the most influential members of the civil rights movement in the state. He organized the Alabama Voters League to increase black voter registration, helped found the Montgomery Improvement Association, and was instrumental in starting the Montgomery bus boycott, even using his house as collateral for Rosa Parks’ release from jail. Nixon won the 1985 Walter White Award from the NAACP, and in 1986, his house was placed on the Alabama Register of Historic Places.

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