The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Bernice Robinson papers
Repository: Avery Research Center
Collection Description (Extant): A veteran in the struggle for Civil Rights and a developer of political education for African Americans across the state, Bernice Robinson was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 7, 1914. James C. Robinson and Martha Elizabeth were her parents. After completing the tenth grade at Burke Industrial School, she married Thomas Leroy Robinson in 1930. She then went to New York where she completed high school at Wadly High. She attended Poro College in New York, took courses in real estate brokerage there in 1945, enrolled in a course in Community Development in 1967 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and completed a correspondence course in Interior Design.
Mrs. Robinson, along with Septima Clark, began the first Citizenship School to help adults on Johns Island to become responsible citizens in their community. Robinson and Clark were able to help spread Citizenship Schools throughout the Deep South. In 1974, Mrs. Robinson announced her bid as a petition candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives from District 3 desiring to oppose Joseph Murray in the November general elections.
The Bernice Robinson Collection consists of 19 boxes of correspondence, speeches, memos, articles, printed materials, and memorabilia from 1952-1989. Box 6 contains information about her candidacy for a House Seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives and information regarding Citizenship Schools. Also, Box 7(3) and Box 8 contain additional materials about Highlander and Citizenship Schools.
Digital Status: No
Extent: 19 Boxes 9.5 lf
Finding Aid URL: http://avery.cofc.edu/robinson.htm
Interviewees: Bernice Robinson
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American women civil rights workers--South Carolina
Civil rights movements--South Carolina
Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1898-1987
Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
Horton, Myles, 1905-1990
Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005
Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Young, Andrew, 1932-