Laura Dixie, political activist, union organizer, and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, describes some of her lifelong activism, including her involvement with the historic 1956 Tallahassee Bus Boycott. During her lifetime of activism and leadership, Laura Dixie served as the vice president of the Leon Country NAACP, a board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and was the founding president of the AFSCME Union, Local 287. In this interview, Dixie describes how her work as a nursing assistant at W.T. Edward Hospital informed her activism, sharing one instance in which she took the fight for integration into her own hands by removing signs which enforced segregation with a nail file. She additionally shares her memories of Reverend C.K. Steele, a prominent leader of the bus boycott, and contextualizes her activism within her experiences of living in Jim Crow Florida. (Photo Credit: Deborah Hendrix)
This is a transcript of a 2011 SPOHP-sponsored event entitled "An Evening with the Dues." During this campus and community event, Civil Rights pioneers Dr. Patricia Stephens Due and attorney John Due spoke about their experiences as activists and veterans of the fight for integration in Florida, including their participation in demonstrations and sit-ins in Tallahassee.
The following interviews relevant to the Tallahassee Bus Boycott are not in UF Digital Collections. Please contact SPOHP in order to access these materials.
Cornelius Speed, interview by Paul Ortiz, July 27 & August 3, 1994
Daisy Young, interview by Mausiki Stacey Scales, July 27, 1994
Laura Mae Dixie and Samuel Lee Dixie, interview by Paul Ortiz, August 5, 1994
Laura Mae Dixie, interview by Paul Ortiz, August 9, 1994
Mary Ola Gaines, interview by Paul Ortiz, August 1, 1994