Civil legal rights activist and co-founder from the Student non-violent Coordinating Committee who led the initial successful advertising campaign to de-segregate lunchtime counters in Nashville in 1960. She was the runner-up for Miss Illinois. She performed a crucial function in the Independence Trips to desegregate travel as well as the Selma Advertising campaign, which resulted in voting privileges for African-Americans. She wedded and afterwards divorced Adam Bevel, with two kids called Sherri and Douglass. She was appointed to a nationwide committee by John F. Kennedy to help with making method for the Civil Privileges Action of 1964.