She was an English professor the Alabama State College and also the president of the Women's Political Council (a council that tried to make Negros and Americans of equal rank).
The Bus Boycott
One of the most known things she has ever done was known as the Bus Boycott where in 1953, Jo Ann Robinson and other black leaders met with the three commissioners of Montgomery. They complained about how black people were not hired as bus drivers and that bus stops in black neighborhoods were further apart than white ones. The commissioners refused to make a change about it, so they went to the bus company officials and tried to convince them to hire more black people. Even though that did not happen the company agreed to have busses stop at ever corner in black neighborhoods. When the news about Rosa Parks arrest Jo Ann and other WPC leaders started a bus boycott. Jo Ann stayed up all night making 35,00 handbills at the college she worked at (Alabama State College). The next day she handed out the handbills at the college and at many other schools. By that Friday night the news had spread around the city.
The Montgomery Improvement Association
After the great success of the boycott, they decided to continue the boycott causing them to create a new association, Montgomery Improvement Association, and they elected Marthur Luther King Jr. as their president.