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Quest for Civil Rights: Modjeska Monteith Simkins

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SCAR T-7: Modjeska Monteith Simkins Col, Sound, minutes. May 22, 1979. Considered to be one of South Carolina's most outspoken heroines, Mrs. Simkins' life is a testament to her words: "My mother taught us not only the value of a dime, but the value of a penny. She stressed that no food that anything can eat should be wasted. We were taught the value of reading. Even now, I never sleep until I've read something that has enriched my mind." The life of Modjeska Simkins has provoked joy, anger, compassion, and trauma. A Spokeswoman for many and varied causes, she is known to leave "no stone unturned." She was influenced early in life by the Niagara movement and was a co-founder and first secretary of NAACP. An associate and admirer of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, and the great Paul Robeson. Mrs. Simkins is committed to aligning with persons who struggle for the rights of mankind. One should not be astonished that her neice, Henri Dobbins Monteith, was the first African-American person, post reconstruction, to enroll at the University of South Carolina. Mrs Simkins' life reflects her zeal at working for educational, social, economic, and political equality. Note: from the series "Quest for Human / Civil Rights - Oral Recollections of Black South Carolinians."
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