Remembering civil rights pioneer Thelma McWilliams Glass

Civil rights pioneer Thelma McWilliams Glass died on July 25 at the age of 96. Glass was one of a group of women who helped organize the Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott in 1955, which came together after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person. Glass also was an educator for 40 years and had a reputation for instilling in her students a desire to learn and become involved in the fight to end racial inequality. At a time when critical barriers to racial equity still remain, it is important that communities remember leaders like Glass and others who fought so hard to achieve advancements in equality and justice that few had thought possible. Her legacy and memory inspires us to remain committed to our efforts to eliminate structural racism and racial inequalities that jeopardize the well being of our organization and community.

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