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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Della D. Sullins

Della D. Sullins

October 6, 1959, Tuskegee Civic Association, Tuskegee, Alabama

(p.112) Della D. Sullins
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born on October 13, 1917, Della Davison Sullins was a civil rights activist and a nurse by profession. Sullins graduated from Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina, with a diploma in nursing, and served for thirty-three years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. She became the first African American member of the faculty at Troy State University in 1972 and was appointed to the Alabama Board of Nursing four years later. She has won numerous awards while helping the cause of African Americans. On October 6, 1959, Sullins addressed the Tuskegee Civic Association in Alabama. This chapter reproduces Sullins’s speech, in which she talked about the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education and how vigilantes and dishonest politicians threw the South into its present turmoil. She further asserted that the defects of democracy in the South are the defects of its people.

Keywords:   speech, Della Davison Sullins, civil rights, Tuskegee, Alabama, African Americans, Tuskegee Civic Association, Brown v. Board of Education, South, democracy

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