The Alabama Institute for Social Justice recently met with Dr. Howard Robinson, an archivist at ASU. He was very gracious to allow us to look through the Boone Collection. We could have talked with him for hours. Dr. Robinson described Rev. Boone as someone who was committed, tenacious, and sincere. He said that Boone embraced non-violence as his personal philosophy and way of life. He also said Dr. King had taught Boone how protesting served as a valuable tool to draw attention to injustice.
Boone was often called "The Food Stamp Man" because he always helped people get access to social services. In 1967, he helped create the Alabama Action Committee, which started protesting stores on Dexter Avenue that did not hire blacks, or allow black employees, to handle money and manage white employees. This led to a boycott in 1969, known as "The Blackout."