Ruby Jackson Gainer and Emory O. Jackson

Emory O. Jackson, third from left, is shown here with his sister, Ruby Jackson Gainer, at a banquet honoring her service as a teacher and civil rights activist in Birmingham . Gainer was fired by Jefferson County school system for her fight to gain equal pay for African American teachers, and she brought a suit all the way to the Alabama Supreme Court to regain her position.

Courtesy of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute