Monday, March 22, 2010

Ruby Hurley, USA

A bit of education.....

Ruby Hurley (1909-1980) earned recognition with her successful national efforts in organizing and directing youth councils and college chapters for the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP). In the early 1950's she became the organisation's first  Southeast Regional Director and opened NAACP's first full-time office in segregated Birmingham, Alabama. She worked courageously investigating racial crimes such as the murders of George Lee and Lamar Smith, voter registration workers in Mississippi, and Emmett Till, a Chicago youth murdered in Mississippi while visiting an uncle. Hurley travelled throughout the dangerous environment of the South opening NAACP offices and in 1965 when Alabama outlawed the organization, she fled to Atlanta and opened another office. She worked throughout the 1960's in the Civil Rights Movements and died just two years after her retirement from NAACP at the age of 70.

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