Ruby Doris Robinson
(1942 — 1967)

As remembered by Catherine Robinson
February 15, 2011

Ruby sacrificed her young adult life for the cause of freedom. She found her mission in life at the age of 18. It was to set the Negroes free. Ruby celebrated her mission with hard work, bravery, endurance, committment, and being courageous focusing on the daily tasks of the movement. She even dropped out of Spelman College in order to totally commit to the cause of freedom.

She was a dedicated Civil Rights Activist. She participated in the March to Selma and the March on Washington. Ruby participated in sit-ins, kneel-ins protests,and marches. She spent over 100 days in jail. She was the creator of the "Jail No Bail," and one of the founders of the Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC). She was on of the first students to serve 30 days in jail refusing bond, and risked her life as a "Freedom Rider."

Later, she decided to return to college to complete her education. Spelman refused to admit her. However, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a letter to the college on her behalf. In the letter, he spoke of her morals, integrity, and character. She was accepted back into Spelman College. Ruby became the only female to head the SNCC organization. She met her untimely death at the age of 25.

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