Ms. Betty Garman Robinson
January 6, 2014
Ms. Betty Garman Robinson has been a champion for social justice for many years.
Born in 1939 in New York City, Ms. Robinson attended Bedford Road Elementary School for elementary and middle school; Pleasantville High School; Skidmore College for undergrad; and University of California at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and University of Maryland Baltimore County for grad school.
During the 60s, Ms. Robinson was part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of the organizations involved in the Civil Rights Movement. As a SNCC member, she worked in the Mississippi Delta—an area where the Ku Klux Klan was trying to keep African Americans from voting through church burnings and arrests. She went on to write about her experience in the book she co-edited, Hands on the Freedom Plow, which is comprised of 52 stories by women who were members of the SNCC.
Between 1997 and 2003, Ms. Robinson continued to fight for social justice as the Lead Organizer in Baltimore for the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA), an organization that helps communities take action on quality of life issues in the Baltimore region.
Today, she speaks to young people about the importance of democracy and social justice, attends reunions with other civil rights fighters, and gives presentations to students about what the Civil Rights Movement was like.
Ms. Robinson has lived in Baltimore for 41 years and is the mother of two daughters.
In fall 2013, Ms. Robinson served as a civil rights "Legend" to students at Collington Square School as part of Street Law's Closing the Gap initiative.
Want to get involved? Volunteers are needed for the spring 2014 session of Closing the Gap! Contact Janae Harrison for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Reproduced with permission)