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Constance Curry

July 19, 1933 – June 20, 2020

Constance Curry was an American civil rights activist, educator, and writer. A longtime opponent of racial discrimination, she was the first white woman to serve on the executive committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Her introduction to civil rights advocacy came when a student at Morehouse College invited her to a meeting. Curry quickly became involved with the Greensboro sit-ins that attempted to integrate whites-only lunch counters. Curry’s 1995 book Silver Rights chronicles the events surrounding the successful 1965 fight to desegregate North Sunflower Academy in Mississippi. It won the 1996 Lillian Smith Book Award for nonfiction.

In 1975 Curry became the City of Atlanta’s Director of Human Services under Maynard Jackson and then Andrew Young After retiring she turned to telling the stories of those in the civil rights struggles, authoring 7 books that draw from her experience within the civil rights movement. In 1984, she sought a law degree “just because I wanted to” and received her JD.

“I just sort of barreled my way into a place where my heart felt right.” - Constance Curry

Submitted by our members in 2020.