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Jo Ann Robinson

Jo Ann Gibson Robinson
Booking photograph of Robinson
Born (1912-04-17)April 17, 1912
near Culloden, Georgia,
Died August 29, 1992(1992-08-29) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California
Education MA, Atlanta University
Known for initiating the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, AL, USA
Home town Pennsylvania
Height 5'6
Weight 140

Jo Ann Gibson Robinson (April 17, 1912 – August 29, 1992) was a civil rights activist and educator in Montgomery, Alabama.


  • Life 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • External links 5


Born near

  • Jo Ann Gibson Robinson was an unsung activist! in The African American Registry
  • "Jo Ann Robinson". Encyclopedia of Alabama, Auburn University. 

External links

  • Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson and David J Garrow. The Montgomery bus boycott and the women who started it: the memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 1987.


Abernathy Ralph David (1989)"And The Walls Came Tumbling Down." Harper & Row, Publishers, New York page 138 ISBN 0-06-016192-2

  1. ^ Hine, Darlene Clark (2005). Black Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia.  
  2. ^ Smith, Jessie Carney (1996). Notable Black American Women, Volume 2. Detroit: Gale Research. pp. 562–4.  
  3. ^ Freedman, Russell (2006) Freedom Walkers The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Holiday House New York p.9 ISBN 978-0823421954
  4. ^ Ibid p.12
  5. ^ a b c d "Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson (1912-1992)". King Papers Project; Stanford University. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Freedman, Russell (2006), op.,cit., p.27
  7. ^ Ibid p.34
  8. ^ Ibid p.34
  9. ^


See also

Robinson's memoir, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, edited by David J. Garrow, was published in 1987 by the University of Tennessee Press.

Robinson was the target of several acts of intimidation. In February, 1956, a local police officer threw a stone through the window of her house. Then two weeks later, another police officer poured acid on her car. Then, the governor of Alabama ordered the state police to guard the houses of the boycott leaders.[5] The boycott lasted over a year because the bus company would not give in to the demands of the protesters. After a student sit-in in early 1960, Robinson and other teachers who had supported the students resigned their positions at Alabama State College.[5] Robinson left Alabama State College and moved out of Montgomery that year.[9] She taught at Grambling College in Louisiana for one year then moved to Los Angeles and taught English in the public school system. In Los Angeles, she continued to be active in local women's organizations. She taught in the LA schools until she retired from teaching in 1976. Jo Ann Robinson was also a part of the bus boycott, and was strongly against discrimination.

She served on its executive board and edited their newsletter. In order to protect her position at Alabama State College and to protect her colleagues, Robinson purposely stayed out of the limelight even though she worked diligently with the MIA. Robinson and other WPC members also helped sustain the boycott by providing transportation for boycotters. [5] was elected president. Jo Ann Robinson never became a member of this group. She had declined an official position to the Montgomery Improvement Association because of her teaching position at Alabama State.Martin Luther King, Jr. to focus their efforts. The Reverend Montgomery Improvement Association After the success of the one-day boycott, black citizens decided to continue the boycott and established the [8], two of her senior students and other Women's Council members then passed out the handbills to high school students leaving school that afternoon.Ralph David Abernathy clergy, among other places, and Reverend L. Roy Bennett requested other ministers attend a meeting that Friday night and to urge their congregations to take part in the boycott. Robinson, Reverend AME Zionist The boycott was initially planned to be for just the following Monday. She passed out the leaflets at a Friday afternoon meeting of [7], December 1, 1955 On Thursday,

The Women's Political Council had made complaints about the bus seating to the Montgomery City Commission and about abusive drivers, and achieved some concessions, including an undertaking that drivers would be courteous and having buses stopping at every corner in black neighborhoods, as they did in white areas.[4] After Brown vs. Board of Education, Robinson had informed the mayor of the city that a boycott would come, and then after Rosa Parks' arrest, they seized the moment to plan the boycott of the buses in Montgomery.[5]

had founded three years earlier. In 1949, Robinson was verbally attacked by a bus driver for sitting in the front "Whites only" section of the bus. Her response to the incident was to attempt to start a protest boycott. But, when she approached her fellow members of the Women’s Political Council with her story and proposal, she was told that it was “a fact of life in Montgomery.” In late 1950, she succeeded Burks as president of the WPC and helped focus the group's efforts on bus abuses. Robinson was an outspoken critic of the treatment of African-Americans on public transportation. She was also active in the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Mary Fair Burks, which Women's Political Council It was there she joined the [3] in Montgomery.Alabama State College. After teaching in Texas she then accepted a position at Atlanta University and then became a public school teacher in Macon, where she was married to Wilbur Robinson for a short time. Five years later, she went to Atlanta, where she earned an M.A. in English at Fort Valley State College She attended [2] she was the youngest of twelve children.[1]

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