Bernice Sims (December 25, 1926 to October 23, 2014) was born and raised near Brewton, Alabama, and was active in the Civil Rights Movement. She marched in Selma and encouraged African-American voter registration. She making artwork in the 1980's after becoming disabled and subsequently taking painting classes. In 1984, she was introduced to Mose Tolliver and became inspired to follow her artistic vision. Her memory paintings recreate scenes from her childhood as well as images from the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
Not only have her paintings been on display at multiple museums, but her "Selma Bridge March" was featured as a United States Postage stamp.