Juanita Odessa <I>Jones</I> Abernathy

Juanita Odessa Jones Abernathy

Uniontown, Perry County, Alabama, USA
Death 12 Sep 2019 (aged 89)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 202969307 · View Source
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Activist, Civil Rights Leader. Mrs. Abernathy received her elementary and high school education at the famed Selma University, a boarding school located in Selma, Alabama. Mrs. Abernathy continued her education by earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education at Tennessee State University. A former high school teacher specializing in a business curriculum, Mrs. Abernathy’s business acumen yielded her success in numerous entrepreneurial ventures. She rose to become a Senior Sales Director in Mary Kay Cosmetics and successfully maintained a top position in the corporation for nearly twenty years. As the widow of Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, the closest associate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she became pivotally involved in the civil rights movement from the inception of the Montgomery bus boycott. For much of her life her work has taken her throughout the world working for justice and equality for all. She married Dr. Ralph David Abernathy on August 31, 1952.

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  • Created by: Bobby Kelley
  • Added: 13 Sep 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 202969307
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Juanita Odessa Jones Abernathy (1 Dec 1929–12 Sep 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 202969307, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Bobby Kelley (contributor 46959922) .