By Danielle Purifoy · Scalawag · February 13, 2017
Catherine Coleman Flowers lives in a planned suburban community in Montgomery, but her heart is in Lowndes County. She grew up in Black Belt, a small unincorporated community neighboring White Hall.
A student activist and an Air Force Veteran, Flowers’ political education was rooted in the freedom rights movement in Lowndes County; both of her parents were heavily involved. But she was influenced just as much by the daily ethics of her local community as by their political engagement.
“Everybody had big families pretty much, my family was five children, and we would all be [on our neighbor, Ms. Shug’s porch] in the evenings listening to Ernie’s Record Mart on the radio—that’s how we kept up with music,” she said.