In 1963 Susan Butler was a teacher at the School for the Deaf in New York City when she and a group of friends drove to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March on Washington where Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The following summer she went to Jackson, Mississippi, as a volunteer teacher in a Freedom School as part of the Freedom Summer project. In March 1965 she joined hundreds of other civil rights advocates who came to Selma, Alabama, to demonstrate for voting rights. After the 1968 assassination of Dr. King, Susan flew to Memphis for a memorial march in support of striking African American sanitation workers. A lifelong activist, Susan lives in retirement in Chestertown, New York.
The March on Washington
The Selma to Montgomery march
“Selma” (the film)
Susan limits her driving in the winter months.