Civil Rights Activists
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (November 26, 1832 – February 21, 1919) was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. She is the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor and she did so while committed to service in the Civil War. She is also one of only eight civilians to receive the highest decoration of the United States.
Rosa Parks Biography |
Rosa McCauley Parks (1913–2005) was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement". She is famous for her refusal to relinquish her seat to a white man. She was arrested & tried on charges of disorderly conduct & violating a local ordinance. Found guilty, she appealed & formally challenged the legality of racial segregation. After the boycott, she became an icon & spokesperson of the civil rights movement.
Bayard Rustin: The Man Homophobia Almost Erased From History
Bayard Rustin brought 200,000 people to the Mall in Washington, in an orderly & peaceable fashion, producing the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom on a shoestring and creating the blueprint for the modern American mass demonstration. He helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition to support a young, little-known minister named Martin Luther King Jr. He spent 1944-6 in prison for being a Quaker C.O., and 60 days in jail for homosexual behavior in 1953. CLICK for more
Ella Baker, civil rights & human rights activist. She was the highest-ranking woman at the NAACP, a key organizer at SCLC & “Godmother” of SNCC. Nicknamed "Fundi" (Swahili: a person who teaches a craft to the next generation), she mentored many emerging activists & worked with famous civil rights leaders. She also argued against the male leadership/female membership structure of the Civil Rights Movement & Black church. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has been founded in her honor. R.I.P.
Daisy Bates – civil rights activist, publisher, journalist. In 1957, she helped nine African American students to become the first to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, who became known as the Little Rock Nine. President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered federal troops to go to Little Rock to uphold the law and protect the Little Rock Nine. With U.S. soldiers providing security, the Little Rock Nine left from Bates’ home for their first day of school on September...
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Littlest (and cutest) hero: 6 year old Ruby Bridges was the first black child in the south to attend a white school after the forced integration following the landmark ruling of Brown Vs. The Board of Education. A willing participant in her mother's decision that she would go and endure what was to be sure a very tough road in the name of helping forge the path of the civil rights movement, Ruby faced death threats and intense bullying with courage and grace.
Rosa Parks & Black Hollywood
Anti-Rape and Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks. She was considered the best rape investigator the NAACP had and formed the Alabama Committee for Equal Justice for for Mrs Recy Taylor, the victim of a gang rape and kidnapping. The committee was called "strongest campaign for equal justice to be seen in a decade" by the Chicago Defender. 11 years later she would take a much deserved seat on a bus and refuse to get up.
Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, Award winning author, reknown poet, civil rights activist and phenomenal woman Dr. May Angelou has died at age 86. The civil rights activist. She was truly one of The Greats! We will miss her presence in the earth, but will continue to enjoy the treasures that she has left behind. Dr. Maya was a woman that Empowered Women, and in her own right and by her own standards was without a doubt a Phenomenal Woman! R.I.P