Simkins’s life embodied many of the ideals set forth by her parents. She proved herself as an independent leader and advocate for the black community.
South Carolina heralds the moderation of its leadership during the civil rights era, especially when compared to the actions of leaders in other Deep South states. Moderate leaders put accommodation over confrontation and worked within the legal framework. But these same leaders also did all they could to manipulate the government and the legal system to forestall civil rights.