Theresa Burroughs, Voting Rights Activist, Dies At 89 In Alabama
Added 05-25-19 12:06:02am EST - “"Disappear? We're not going to do that," she said. She went 10 times to the courthouse before the registrar would sign her up to vote. Then she worked to guard the right and never missed an election.” - Npr.org
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Civil rights "foot soldier" Theresa Burroughs in 2016, in front of a photo of the day she was arrested in 1965. Burroughs has died at age 89. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption
Civil rights "foot soldier" Theresa Burroughs in 2016, in front of a photo of the day she was arrested in 1965. Burroughs has died at age 89.
Theresa Burroughs, who proudly called herself a foot soldier for the right to vote, has died in Greensboro, Ala. She was 89.
Greensboro is part of Alabama's Black Belt, a region named for its rich black soil, and known for its oppression of black citizens during the Jim Crow era, including erecting obstacles to the vote. She said no one around her talked about it then out of fear.
"When I was a child," she recalled in a 2016 interview with NPR, "I would see white people getting dressed and going on Tuesdays. And I would wonder where are they going? They said they were going to vote. ... And I said, 'Why can't we vote?' "
I am heartbroken to learn that Mrs. Theresa Burroughs passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Mrs. Burroughs was a warrior for justice and an amazing person! Her leadership at Greensboro's Hale House helped ensure we never forget the role it played in the civil rights movement. pic.twitter.com/pO1Xu7Eocs— Rep. Terri A. Sewell (@RepTerriSewell) May 23, 2019
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