COLUMBUS, Ga. — The only woman to sit on a platform with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in the face of bomb threats, during his visit to her Georgia city has died.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports civil rights advocate Minnie Wimbish died Jan. 27, three months shy of her 103rd birthday.

Wimbish survived all the men onstage at King’s 1958 address at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, which she helped organize in Columbus. Bomb threats poured in when King’s sole trip to the western Georgia city was announced. A black woman’s home was bombed after the speech.

A lauded public speaker and author, Wimbish was the first female historian of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, among other firsts. She received the highest honor given to a Georgia citizen, the Goodwill Ambassador Award.

Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.