Marie Foster (Civil Rights Leader)

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Marie Foster

Marie Priscilla Martin Foster was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. during the 1960s and a dental assistant. She was instrumental in helping to register many African-American voters in Selma, Alabama, and was one of the primary local organizers of the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. She also helped create the Dallas County Voters League, a group of African Americans that pushed for improvements in the system for voter registration. She was called “the mother of the voting rights movement” and was nicknamed Mother Foster.

Born: Marie Priscilla Martin, Oct 24, 1917, Wilcox County, Alabama, United States
Died: 03, 2003, Selma, Alabama, United States
Nationality: American
Occupation: Activist, Dental assistant
Known for: Being “the mother of the voting rights movement”

About Marie Foster

Civil Rights Movement leader who helped register African American voters in Selma, Alabama, and was a local organizers of the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965.

Before Fame

She attempted to register for voting eight times before she had any success.

Achievement

She was one of the key organizers of the Selma to Montgomery march and helped create the Dallas County Voters League to improve the voter registration system.

Family Life

She was widowed soon after giving birth to her third child.

Associations

She had a great impact during the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Information related to Marie Foster

  • National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, which has a room named for her.
  • Selma to Montgomery marches
  • 20th-century African-American activists
  • American women activists

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Latest information about Marie Foster updated on September 05, 2020.


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