Constance Winifred Curry is a renowned author, lawyer and civil rights activist who has
utilized her voice to give credence to the voiceless, refusing to remain silent in terms of
speaking out against injustices perpetrated against the African American population. Passionate about civil rights and racial equality from a formative age, she grew up in the 1950s and 1960s during a turning point where racial intolerance was being transformed into the desegregation of schools, restaurants and other public spaces. During the 1960s civil rights movement, Ms. Curry realized the true blight of racism and helped in the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, where she was among the first adult advisors. Grasping this opportunity and using it to propel herself into the forefront of civic activism, she subsequently worked closely with such prominent figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Julian Bond and John Lewis in implementing policies to bring about change.
In her later years, Mr. Curry pursued the legal industry and obtained a juris doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. Assimilating to the culture of law with ease, she dedicated her expertise to helping wrongly convicted African American prisoners. To this day, although she is retired, she continues to speak out against injustice in the prison system, seeking reform in the criminal justice system in an effort to eradicate racial profiling. Over the course of her career, she has worked with the College Council of the United Nations, the U.S. National Student Association and the city of Atlanta, GA. She was also a representative of the southern field for the American Friends Service Committee from the early 1960s to mid-1970s.
Authoring and co-authoring five books regarding the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and racism in the U.S., Ms. Curry is currently in the process of writing a memoir of her illustrious career in civic activism. Her best-known book, “Silver Rights,” was published in 1998 and details the story of Mae Bertha Carter and her family in Drew, MS. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, their children were the first eight African American children to desegregate white schools. In recent years, Ms. Curry has been the subject of a documentary and received 43 plaques and awards in recognition of her prestige in social reform.
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