Simply put, Modjeska Monteith Simkins is one of the heroines of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina, she was also a leader in African-American public health and social reform.
She was an early activist who had no problem speaking out against the KKK and politicians. She was also the owner of the Green Book-listed Motel Simbeth in Columbia SC.
Speaking at her Columbia, SC funeral in 1992, Judge Matthew J. Perry stated:
She probably will be remembered as a woman who challenged everyone. She challenged the white political leadership of the state to do what was fair and equitable among all people and she challenged black citizens to stand up and demand their rightful place in the state and the nation.
In this episode, Dr. Adrienne Petty and Dr. Henrie Treadwell shared their memories about their inspirational family members and knowledge about this remarkable woman. Adrienne and Henrie also talked us through Modjeska’s life and her legacy as part of our Heroines of the Women’s History during Women’s History Month.