Category : Civil Rights

Civil Rights

Whitney Young

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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...
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Father Divine

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Father Divine’s Peace Mission remains one of the most unorthodox religious movements in America. He may or may not have been born George Baker, either...
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James Farmer

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Civil rights leader James Farmer headed the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and organized the historic Freedom Rides of 1961. Born on January 12, 1920,...
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Ida B. Wells

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Journalist Ida B. Wells was already out of town when she realized that an editorial she’d written had caused a riot. In 1892, Wells had...
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A. Philip Randolph

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A. Philip Randolph was a trailblazing leader, organizer and social activist who championed equitable labor rights for African-American communities during the 20th century. Labor leader...
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W.E.B. Du Bois

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W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century. He co-founded the NAACP and supported...
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Ella Baker

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Civil rights leader Ella Baker helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Born in 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia, Ella...
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Mary McLeod Bethune

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Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and activist, serving as president of the National Association of Colored Women and founding the National Council of Negro...
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Rosa Parks

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By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks (1913—2005) helped...