In memory of
Eileen Kelley Walbert
In memory of
Eileen Kelley Walbert
Activist, artist, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Eileen Kelley Walbert passed away on Wednesday, February 17, at the age of 100. A lifelong activist, whom the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth called a "freedom fighter," it was Eileen's idea for a group of 72 white Alabamians to march in Selma in support of voting rights in March 1965, the day before "Bloody Sunday." In 1965, Over-the-Mountain schools were still segregated. As a member of the Education Committee of the Birmingham Council on Human Relations, she knocked on doors in the Rosedale neighborhood, recruiting 13 young people to integrate Homewood public schools and remaining friends with the students throughout the years. Her long life was devoted to working for peace, justice and equality in Civil Rights, LGBTQ rights, Anti War and other movements. Honored with awards for her activism by Miles College and the YWCA, among others, she is also featured in the Oral History project of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Eileen was an award-winning sculptor whose unique work utilized "coil and slab" pottery techniques in the creation of human figures - usually opera singers - music being another passion of hers. Eileen was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, pianist Jim Walbert, and is survived by her 2 children, Pamela Montanaro and David Walbert; 9 grandchildren (Christopher, Kavi, Adam, Gabriel, Lisa and Lara Montanaro; Ian Walbert and Kirsten Walbert Kilchenstein; Kim Kolze Venter) and 10 great grandchildren (Laurens, Matea, Gabriella, Isabella, Aurelia and Ophelia Montanaro; Stella and Jack Kilchenstein; and Emily and Ethan Venter), all of whom are inspired by her wisdom, compassion and devotion to building a better world. Donations can be made in the name of Eileen Kelley Walbert to the Greater Birmingham Ministries: https://gbm.org
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In memory of
Eileen Kelley Walbert
Activist, artist, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Eileen Kelley Walbert passed away on Wednesday, February 17, at the age of 100. A lifelong activist, whom the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth called a "freedom fighter," it was Eileen's idea for a group of 72 white Alabamians to march in Selma in support of voting rights in March 1965, the day before "Bloody Sunday." In 1965, Over-the-Mountain schools were still segregated. As a member of the Education Committee of the Birmingham Council on Human Relations, she knocked on doors in the Rosedale neighborhood, recruiting 13 young people to integrate Homewood public schools and remaining friends with the students throughout the years. Her long life was devoted to working for peace, justice and equality in Civil Rights, LGBTQ rights, Anti War and other movements. Honored with awards for her activism by Miles College and the YWCA, among others, she is also featured in the Oral History project of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Eileen was an award-winning sculptor whose unique work utilized "coil and slab" pottery techniques in the creation of human figures - usually opera singers - music being another passion of hers. Eileen was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, pianist Jim Walbert, and is survived by her 2 children, Pamela Montanaro and David Walbert; 9 grandchildren (Christopher, Kavi, Adam, Gabriel, Lisa and Lara Montanaro; Ian Walbert and Kirsten Walbert Kilchenstein; Kim Kolze Venter) and 10 great grandchildren (Laurens, Matea, Gabriella, Isabella, Aurelia and Ophelia Montanaro; Stella and Jack Kilchenstein; and Emily and Ethan Venter), all of whom are inspired by her wisdom, compassion and devotion to building a better world. Donations can be made in the name of Eileen Kelley Walbert to the Greater Birmingham Ministries: https://gbm.org
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