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Remembering Women’s Political Council Member Thelma Glass

Posted on July 31, 2012 by

Allen Tullos, Emory University

in Current Events
Posted on: 
July 31, 2012

Allen Tullos, Emory University

Thelma Glass.

Thelma McWilliams Glass died on July 24, 2012 at age ninety-six. She was the last surviving member of the Women’s Political Council (WPC), a group of African American women in Montgomery, Alabama, who helped organize the 1955–56 bus boycott. Glass taught geography at Alabama State University from the late 1940s until she retired in 1981.

For more about Thelma Glass, read the biographical sketch in the Montgomery Advertiser by Erica Pippins. See David J. Garrow, "The Origins of the Montgomery Bus Boycott," Southern Changes 7, no. 5 (1985), for an overview of the WPC’s role in the boycott, a key event in the modern civil rights movement.

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