Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Jackson, Mississippi NAACP Activist A.M.E. Logan, 96, Passes Away
February 14, 2011

A.M.E. Logan, "Mother of the Jackson Civil Rights Movement," died after suffering a fall at her home in Jackson, Mississippi on February 5.  She was 96.

Combining an unending love for her fellow man and an unbending determination the cause of social justice, A.M.E. Logan established herself as one of the heroes of the civil rights era in Jackson, Mississippi. A long time resident of Jackson, Logan was responsible for reviving the NAACP there in the 1950s and later served as the branch's secretary. At the height of the social unrest of the 1960s, Logan worked closely with fellow NAACP activist and civil rights martyr Medgar Evers throughout Mississippi and opened her home to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Freedom Riders during their visits to the Southern city.

Shirley Montague, her daughter, characterized her mother as "just a fearless person," something best seen by her willingness to become personally involved in the civil rights struggle. In 1962, Logan put herself at risk when she and her husband were among the group to file the first school desegregation lawsuit in Mississippi when they sought integrated education for their youngest son.

While Logan's legacy stems from her work during one of Mississippi's most racially charged periods, she exhibited a love and caring for people her whole life. An accomplished Avon saleswoman who also took it upon herself to ensure needy people were fed at local shelters Montague recalled that "There was nothing she wouldn't do for you, and it didn't matter if you were black or white."

Respected throughout Jackson, the city council has begun the process of renaming the street where she has lived since 1944 in her honor. It is already one of the stops in the city's historic civil rights movement tour. At her funeral service February 12, the mayor of Jackson, Harvey Johnson, Jr. eulogized Logan by urging the city to "use her life and her dedication to making things better for humankind as an example for what we should be."

"She worked tirelessly on behalf of countless people whose lives were improved because of her vital contributions to the cause of social justice and community service," stated Myrlie Evers-Williams, former NAACP Chairman and widow of Medgar Evers. "She leaves an indelible mark on Mississippi's history, and an enduring legacy for youth activists to emulate."

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