Celebrating Black History Month with United Way of Central Alabama


United Way of Central Alabama is celebrating Black History Month with stories from our own staff and community volunteers. We asked them one question: Who is your Black History Superhero? Our first respondent is Judy Woods, Financial Specialist here at United Way. Judy said that question was very easy to answer because her superhero is her father.

“My father, Bishop Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr., is my Black History Superhero. He worked as an assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led marches with Rosa Parks and drove MLK to the airport on his last visit to Birmingham before Dr. King was assassinated. My father’s first airplane ride was to Atlanta in 1963 with attorneys Constance Baker Motley and Jack Greenberg (both of whom later became federal judges) to file a lawsuit against the Birmingham Board of Education on behalf of my sister and other children in Birmingham, who were expelled from school for their participation in the civil rights demonstration. He always has been, and continues to be, an advocate for the rights of others.”

An older Black man sitting with his daughter
Judy Woods with her father Bishop Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr.