She’s not a household name in Alabama, but Mary Allen Jolley changed the world.
When Jolley turned 90 in August, over 250 people gathered in Tuscaloosa to pay homage to this daughter of Alabama. Black and white folks mingled with local dignitaries. Affluent citizens of power and position were there, along with hardworking farmers who had driven many hours to salute her. Young movers and shakers, millennial activists, church officials and people from all parts of the state dedicated their Sunday afternoon to celebrate her work on behalf of the people of her county, her state, and the country.
Over the course of nine decades, broke down barriers in education, government and the economy.