Lest We Forget

E. D. Nixon1899-1987

Edgar Daniel Nixon was born on July 12, 1899 in Alabama. He received little formal education in one of Alabama's segregated and neglected schools for colored children. Nixon became a Pullman car porter and in 1928 joined the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first labor organization led by African Americans.

He worked for the civil rights and voting rights of black people in Montgomery and became the president of the Alabama chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In the 1950s E. D. Nixon worked closely with Jo Ann Robinson to challenge the racial segregation in Montgomery's buses. He played an important role in orgainizing the Montgomery bus boycott after the arrest of Rosa Parks.

E. D. Nixon died on February 25, 1987.