The passing of Laura Mae Dixie, a great leader of the Tallahassee NAACP and one of Tallahassee’s Civil Rights movement foot soldiers causes us to pause and recognize the greatness of this great woman. Dixie was the quintessential leader, selfless and relentless in the struggle for equality and fairness.
In remembering the achievements of Dixie and others of her era, we in the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP are aware of the forces in our community that appear to be determined to turn back the hands of time on the gains achieved by Dixie, K. S. DuPont, C. K. Steele and too many others to name here.
We note the emergence of the new Ku Klux Klan, the alt-right and voter suppression laws to include the re-segregation of Leon County Schools, just to mention a few of our concerns.
We believe an appropriate memorial to the leadership of Laura Mae Dixie and others is for the Tallahassee branch of the NAACP to work and commit ourselves to the community and memorialize these civil rights foot soldiers.
Robert Travis, Jr., Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP