Shines Browder (Coleman) was born January 29, 1919, died February
4, 1971. Mrs. Browder was active in the in the fight to increase
black voters. to that end, she tutored many would be voters to assist
them in passing voter examinations. She was diligent in efforts
to eliminate the poll tax charged to registered voters and assisted
in the transportation of voters and registrants.
Browder, was one of the plaintiffs in the class action civil rights
lawsuit, Browder vs. Gayle. Attorney Fred Gray stated that he made
her lead plaintiff because she was middle age between the two teen-agers
and the two senior citizens. He stated that her role and the role
of the other plaintiffs were of equal importance. Mrs. Browder was
a Nurse Mid-Wife, a Seamstress, Business Woman, and attended Alabama
State University as an adult student where she graduated with honors.
It was at Alabama State University where she met Jo Ann Gibson Robinson,
the person who influenced her to participate in the law suit. Her
children reports that she was a member of the National Association
of for the Advancement of Colored People, the Southern Christian
Leadership Council, (SCLC) and the Montgomery Improvement Association.
She taught veterans at Loveless School.