Category: Leaders

  • Coretta Scott King

    Coretta Scott King

    October 16, 2017 No Comment

      Albeit best known as the spouse of 1960s social equality pioneer Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) set up a recognized vocation in activism in her own right. Working one next to the other with her better half all through the 1960s, King participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and […]

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  • Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley

    Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley

    October 16, 2017 No Comment

      Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley[a] (conceived Mamie Elizabeth Carthan; November 23, 1921 – January 6, 2003) was the mother of Emmett Till, who was killed in Mississippi on August 28, 1955, at 14 years old, in the wake of being blamed for playing with a white clerk lady, Carolyn Bryant, at the supermarket. For her child’s […]

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  • Daisy Lee Gatson Bates

    Daisy Lee Gatson Bates

    October 16, 2017 No Comment

      Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was a mentor to the Little Rock Nine, the African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957. She and the Little Rock Nine gained national and international recognition for their courage and persistence during the desegregation of Central High when Governor Orval Faubus ordered members of […]

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  • Whitney M. Young, Jr.

    Whitney M. Young, Jr.

    October 16, 2017 No Comment

      Whitney M. Young, Jr., (born July 31, 1921, Lincoln Ridge, Ky., U.S.—died March 11, 1971, Lagos, Nigeria), articulate U.S. civil rights leader who spearheaded the drive for equal opportunity for blacks in U.S. industry and government service during his 10 years as head of the National Urban League (1961–71), the world’s largest social-civil rights […]

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  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela

    October 15, 2017 No Comment

      Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do […]

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  • ROSA LOUISE PARKS

    ROSA LOUISE PARKS

    October 15, 2017 No Comment

      ROSA LOUISE PARKS BIOGRAPHY Rosa Louise Parks was nationally recognized as the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement” in America. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, December 1, 1955, triggered a wave of protest December 5, 1955 that reverberated throughout the United […]

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  • Marvel Cooke

    Marvel Cooke

    October 15, 2017 No Comment

    Marvel Cooke was a pioneering African American female journalist and political activist. Cooke’s groundbreaking career was spent in a world where she was often the only female African American. Talking about her work for the white-owned newspaper the Compass, she told biographer Kay Mills in 1988, ”there were no black workers there and no women.” […]

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  • Ella Baker

    Ella Baker

    October 15, 2017 No Comment

      Civil rights activist Ella Baker worked with the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Born in 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia, Ella Baker became involved in political activism in the 1930s. She organized the Young Negroes Cooperative League in New York City, and later became a national director for […]

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  • Roy Wilkins

    Roy Wilkins

    October 14, 2017 No Comment

    Roy Wilkins was a 20th century journalist and activist who became the leader of the NAACP and was a key figure of the Civil Rights Movement. “Black power, in the quick, uncritical and highly emotional adoption it has received from some segments of a beleaguered people, can mean only black death. Even if it should […]

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  • Edgar Daniel Nixon

    Edgar Daniel Nixon

    October 13, 2017 No Comment

      Edgar Daniel Nixon, an African American civil rights leader and union organizer, is remembered primarily for helping lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama from 1955 to 1956.  E.D. Nixon was born to Wesley M. Nixon, a Baptist minister, and Sue Ann Chappell Nixon, a maid-cook, in Lowndes County, Alabama on July 12, 1899.  […]

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