Eileen Walbert

Eileen Walbert was a civil rights activist and leading force for integrating the Birmingham schools in the 1950s and 1960s. She participated in multiple interracial groups and hosted integrated meetings, which were illegal in the city at that time; she also participated in the Concerned White Citizens march in Selma on March 6, 1965, the day before Bloody Sunday, to push for voter registration for African Americans. She was the “cover girl” many times on the front page of the Birmingham Independent, a racist newspaper that often labeled her a “communist” in their headlines. Her long life was devoted to working for peace, justice and equality in Civil Rights, LGBTQ rights, Anti-War and other movements. 

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