When Silence is Betrayal: Great Women In History

The days are gone where women should be silent and not heard. M.T.

Sr. Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary whose courageous words during the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, became a rallying cry for many in the civil rights movement, died Nov. 11 at a retirement community outside St. Louis. She was 93.

Ebo was the only African-American sister to march with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the legendary protest for voting rights in Selma March 10, 1965. The march took place just days after what has been called “Bloody Sunday” when state troopers assaulted demonstrators with clubs and tear gas.  She told the crowd: “I’m here because I’m a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness.”


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