JoAnn Robinson arrest mug from the Bus Boycott. contributed

“Connecting the Past and the Present”

WHEN: Feb. 19 (Wed.) from noon – 1 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Levi Watkins Learning Center, which is the ASU Library. Just off N. University Drive.

Join us at Alabama State University on Feb. 19, and learn more about “The Women’s Political Council” (WPC) and the development of a new generation of Montgomery’s African-American leaders, via its ‘City Youth Initiative.’  It takes place from Noon – 1 p.m. at ASU’s Levi Watkins Learning Center, which is the ASU Library.

It is all part of the E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment Series/Brown Bag Luncheon program, which is sponsored by Alabama State University’s National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, which is under the leadership of Dean Janice Franklin.

Speaking at the event will be  Dr.  Howard Robinson, ASU’s archivist and an assistant professor of History. He will serve as a guest lecturer and will provide an analysis of the ASU-based WPC’s programs that promoted many things, which included civic responsibility among Montgomery’s African-American youth in the 1950s.

It is free and open to the public.

Police mugshot circa 1955 of ASU’s Jo Ann Robinson, a leader of the Women’s Political Council.
E.D. Nixon’s police mugshot 1956. A pioneering civil rights leader.


ASU’s E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment/Brown Bag events presents a wide-ranging series of topics dealing with individuals, events, or periods in Montgomery’s African-American history, which are under reported by researchers and the news media. The theme for the E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment Series for 2020 is “Connecting the Past and the Present: Significant Anniversary Dates in African-American History in Montgomery, Alabama (1945- 2020).”

EDITOR’S NOTE: E. D. Nixon was a Montgomery resident and was among the first pioneering leaders and organizers of Montgomery’s civil rights movement. He was an originator of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which historians call the seminal birth of America’s modern civil rights movement. He was among the leaders who chose Dr. King to be the spokesman of the Boycott.

Part – I of the series is the Feb. 19, event above and it continues with the events listed below.

Part II  ‘Brown v. Board of Education II’ on June 10.

Part III ‘Montgomery African-Americans and World War II’ on September 16.

Part IV ‘They Took Their Stand: The Browder v. Gayle Plaintiffs’ on November 11.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.


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