Courier Legacy Honoree Alma Speed Fox…Front-line fighter for civil rights, women’s rights and the poor
Civil Rights icon Alma Speed Fox is honored to be one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Legacy Award winners for 2014.
“I’ve been a friend of the Courier for a long time,” said the 91-year-old Stanton Heights resident. “When its offices were on Centre Avenue, if you were a young Black woman, that’s where you went for a job because they weren’t hiring us anywhere else. The Courier was the only access we had to national news.”
Fox unwittingly became a front-line fighter for Civil Rights and Women’s Rights and the rights of the poor as well as an advocate for lesbian and gay rights for more than 60 years.
“I wanted to be a lady and go some place and play cards with my pill box hat and my gloves,” laughed the mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. “But this is what I was supposed to do. I was playing cards with some friends and we had the TV on and there were some people with do-rags on the picket line. They were protesting Duquesne Light.