Simmons, Gwendolyn Zoharah


Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons is assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida, where her primary academic focus is on Islamic law and its impact on contemporary Muslim women. Dr. Simmons has a long history in the area of civil rights, human rights, and peace work. For 23 years, she was on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace, justice, human rights, and international development organization headquartered in Philadelphia. During her early adult years as a college student and, thereafter, Dr. Simmons was active with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and spent seven years working full-time on voter registration and desegregation activities in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. (National HIV-AIDS Partnership WWW site, retrieved March 14, 2008.)

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