For over sixty years, Lottie Gibson fought for Greenville County’s poor and disadvantaged. As a life member of the NAACP’s Greenville Branch, Gibson was an outspoken civil rights activist. As a youth, she experienced some of the injustices of segregation first-hand, with Greenville County’s Bus SystemShe was also a founding member of the Democratic Women of Greenville County. As part of her devotion to Greenville County’s community, Lottie Gibson represented District 25 of the Greenville County Council for over 25 years.Gibson played a pivotal role in establishing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a holiday in Greenville County. Lottie Gibson received numerous public awards and citations, including the prestigious Jefferson Award, and The Phoenix Center was named the Lottie Beal Gibson Center of Excellence in her honor, for her tireless efforts to help those struggling with addiction and substance abuse.
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