Born in Birmingham, AL in 1943, Mrs. Avery’s roots in the Civil Rights Movement began as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

She was one of the first to be arrested in the 1965 attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery, now notoriously known as “Bloody Sunday”. She was honored at the 2015 50th anniversary of this tragic event.

Mrs. Avery’s work in the Civil Rights Movement has been chronicled in various publications, including the October 2013 issue of Essence magazine, and Hands On the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in the SNCC. She currently gives personal tours of the Slavery and Civil War Museum in Selma, AL.