DOI / VISTA Team News

DOI/VISTA Celebrates MLK Day with the “Queen Mother of the Civil Rights Movement"

by Jamie Brackman, DOI/VISTA Site Coordinator
January 28, 2015

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DOI/VISTA Lindsay Lunsford, serving at the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, had the incredible opportunity to meet the “Queen Mother of The Civil Rights Movement" Amelia Boynton Robinson. Ms. Robinson organized the first of the three civil rights marches in Selma and personally wrote to and invited Martin Luther King, Jr. to take part in the event that would lead to the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As part of her service, Lindsay assisted in organizing volunteer mobilization for a small group of youth from the Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, Alabama Rural Ministries, and Tuskegee United Leadership and Innovation Program (TULIP) to the home of Queen Mother Robinson who shared her wise words and first-hand account of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hearing Ms. Robinson tell her story of social action, change, and empowerment to local youth was the perfect Day of Service to commemorate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King.
     This event was part of the larger MLK Day of Service, in which VISTAs across the country participated in direct service opportunities. The work done by VISTAs is meant to honor the legacy of Dr. King and continue to provide support and assistance to communities across the nation.