August 29, 1992
Jo Ann Robinson may have been the person most instrumental in planning and publicizing the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott that catapulted Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to international fame. While not as well-known as Parks or King, Robinson proposed the idea of a boycott more than a year before it was implemented after Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Robinson, who was an English professor at Alabama State College (now Alabama State University) through the 1950s, published her memoir, “The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It,” in 1987. She died Aug. 29, 1992.
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