Meet Lifelong Birmingham Civil Rights Activist, Lucinda B. Robey

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Lucinda B. Robey was a lifelong civil rights activist and steadfast member of the Birmingham branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She was the youth director for the branch and later became the NAACP youth director for the state of Alabama. As director, she established youth councils around the state and advised youth chapters at Miles College and throughout the Titusville community.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1910, Robey grew up in the Titusville community. After graduating from high school in 1929, she became an elementary school teacher in rural Covington County, Alabama. During this time, she also spent her time pursuing a degree at the historically black State Teachers College in Montgomery. Robey graduated in 1941, with a bachelor of science degree in education.  She later pursued a graduate degree at George Peabody College in Nashville and Florida State University in Tallahassee. Robey was also a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

She married fellow educator Bruce B. Robey in 1942. In June 1956, Robey became a founding member of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) and the only woman listed on the organization’s charter. In addition to working as a key movement strategist, she served as youth director and organist for many of the nightly mass meetings.

Lucinda B. Robey died from a heart attack during the meeting of the National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress in Birmingham in 1975.

 

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