Alabama State University has announced the death of a civil rights pioneer who was considered a campus icon. Thelma Glass was 96.
Thelma McWilliams Glass was a longtime professor of geography
"The ASU family lost one of its crown jewels today," said President William H. Harris in a statement.
"Mrs. Glass was the consummate educator, whose life was a shining example of service, courage and commitment. She will be truly missed," he said.
Glass was one of a group of women who helped to launch the Montgomery Bus Boycott and bring an end to the segregation of public transportation in the South. She was secretary of the Women’s Political Council (WPC) when that group spread the word throughout Montgomery’s black community about the Boycott
According to ASU, she was the last surviving member of the WPC.
Glass made her last public appearance at the 2012 President’s Gala held at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on Friday, July 20.
Funeral arrangements for Glass have not yet been announced.