Robin Roberts Praises Women from Alabama Who Made Gee's Bend Quilters from Recycled Clothing

Afouda Bamidele
Feb 20, 2021
04:10 A.M.

Robin Roberts channeled her Black History Month tribute to a group of Alabama women who creatively etched stories on vibrantly colored quilts.


"GMA’s" Robin Roberts gave fans a glimpse of what she had in store for Black History Month and it was most warming to discover that she got together with a group of quiltmakers from Alabama.

Roberts shared some photos on her Instagram page chronicling the activities of the Alabama natives and their creative works. She also showed off photos of their lovely patchworks.

Robin Roberts accepted the Sager Strong Award onstage at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Robin Roberts accepted the Sager Strong Award onstage at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


The star shared in her post that the quilts were woven with recycled clothing items and bedsheets as an advantage to global warming. She noted that the items signified profound history. She captioned her post:

“Absolutely love the story we shared this morn [...] on a group of women from rural #Alabama using recycled clothing [...] to make beautiful quilts.”


Presently, tremendous works are going underway by the Black Heritage Council (BHC) to help Alabama citizens preserve their history. BHC’s chairperson, Lateefah Muhammad noted the importance of keeping history alive.

Roberts grew up looking up to her father who was more of a hero figure.


The BHC was created in 1984 after some African-Americans pointed out the need for a concerted statewide preservation method. It was the first African-American advisory council focused on preservation.

Black History Month has been taken to a new level with "GMA" partnerning with "ABC News" to have Black celebrities nominate African-Americans who have upheld the legacy of the African-American nation in the past decade.


Roberts nominated novelist Toni Adeyemi, whose book, “Children of Blood and Bone,” poses a pint of inspiration for young Black girls. Janai Norman nominated the presidential inauguration poet Amanda Gorman.

Marsai Martin also nominated Gorman while Marcus Moore and Michael Strahan chose Lewis Hamilton. Steve Osunsami was quite expressive in nominating all Black women who raised children while also fighting for justice for Black Americans.


Roberts grew up looking up to her father who was more of a hero figure. In the new documentary she compiled for The History Channel on the Tuskegee Airmen, the TV host emotionally told a personal story.

The award-winning anchor opened up about her dad, Col. Lawrence E. Roberts who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. The TV star was seen crying in the teaser talking about one of the biggest lessons she learned from her dad.

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