Bernice Robinson (1914-1994) | Road Trip

A veteran in the civil rights movement, Bernice Robinson's outstanding voter education work contributed to the election of many African American public officials in the South. The native Charlestonian worked as a beautician and seamstress and had many varying interests, which contributed to her success as a teacher with the Citizenship Schools.

She worked closely with Septima Clark and Esau Jenkins to develop and sustain the Citizenship Schools that initially began in the Low Country and spread throughout the country. Robinson credits Jenkins, with whom she had worked in the community since 1948, with planting the seed for the schools.

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