Mrs. Thelma Glass
Thelma Glass, Organizer of Alabama Bus Protests, Dies at 96 [article from the New York Times]
A Message From The Poet:
Professor Thelma Glass was a hero of mine. We never met but I was raised on what she believed and lived. I heard about Prof. Glass, and the other women who organized the critically important Women's Political Caucus, during the 1950's. Their fearless actions still burn strong in my heart today. Today, July 27th, is my grandmother Beulah's 112th birthday. I have written a lot about my grandmother. What she taught me. How she helped make me the poet I am. I hope to write about her for the rest of my life. She died 12 years ago. I was holding her hand when she crossed over. I felt so fortunate to be with her when she took in that last cup of earth air. Today, on Ma Bea's birth day, Mrs. Thelma Glass passed over to the other side. Professor Glass taught geography at Alabama State for 40 years. Forty years of teaching the science of the land, the features of the land, the inhabitants of the land, the phenomena of the earth. Women like my grandmother and Mrs. Thelma Glass are the reason I keep pencil to page. I want them to know we remember them, that we keep their two hundred years of phenomenal life -- as close as air.
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Photo of Nikky Finney at age 26 by Jim Alexander