Anonymous asked in Social ScienceSociology · 1 decade ago

List of activists for black civil rights in the 20th century?



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    Ralph Abernathy

    Ralph Abernathy was an American civil rights leader who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. in the SCLC. After MKL's death, Abernathy continued fighting for civil rights. He was instrumental in leading a march in support of a strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, TN and the Poor People's Campaign March in Washington D.C.

    Mary McLeod Bethune

    Mary McLeod Bethune created schools for black students and worked with several US presidents to make sure all children received a good education. Read about her accomplishments and the teacher who inspired her.

    John Brown

    John Brown didn't know who to trust. He planned to break into the army's weapons store house at Harper's Ferry and use the weapons he stole to help slaves escape to freedom. Learn more about John Brown's exciting raid on Harper's Ferry.

    Linda Brown

    Linda Brown was a little girl when she became famous for fighting the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas in the Supreme Court. Her case, Brown v. Board of Education, helped all black children get a better education.

    Ruby Bridges

    Ruby Bridges also helped end segregation in schools. She was the first black student at her elementary school, and Ruby had to be very brave to stand up to all the people who didn't want her there.

    Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass was once a slave. He became a poet and an abolitionist, and he worked hard to help end slavery and teach others about how evil slavery was.

    Medgar Evers

    Medgar Evers fought for black students to be able to go to the same colleges as white students. He was killed just for helping black people to get an equal education.

    Marcus Garvey

    Marcus Garvey started the Back to Africa Movement to help Blacks be treated more equally. He thought moving to Africa would allow Black Americans to stop being treated unfairly in the United States.

    Jesse Jackson

    Jesse Jackson worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. to get equal jobs for Blacks. He later ran for President of the United States.

    John F. Kennedy

    John F. Kennedy was president during the 1960's Civil Rights Movement. He helped pass laws to make sure all Blacks could vote and get a good education. These laws ended segregation in schools, jobs, restaurants, theaters, and much, much more.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech and led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Read more about the many other things he did to help all people work peacefully to win equal rights. See and hear his most famous speeches for yourself!

    Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States when the Southern states broke away from the country. He worked hard to keep the country together and ended up ending slavery after the Civil War.

    Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks was arrested for sitting in the wrong part of the bus! Learn how she worked with civil rights organizations to start the Montgomery Bus Boycott and help end segregation on buses in the South.

    Homer Plessy

    Like Rosa Parks, Homer Plessy was arrested for being in the wrong part of the train. He fought against discrimination on trains in his famous Supreme Court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.

    Dred Scott

    Dred Scott also went to court to fight for his rights. He was a slave who sued for his freedom. He lost his battle in lower courts, so he took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. You will be surprised to find out what happened next!

    Sojourner Truth

    Sojourner Truth was also a slave, but she won her freedom by running away. After she was free, she preached to others about ending slavery and fought for free Blacks and women to be treated as equals with Whites and men.

    Nat Turner

    Nat Turner was a slave with a different way of working to end slavery. He believed that a vision of a bluish-green sun told him to kill all slave owners and free all slaves. Read his exciting story!

    Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman was another slave who worked to free slaves. She ran away because she was afraid of being shipped further south where slaves were treated very badly. Learn more about her escape and how she went on to help many others escape to freedom.

    Malcolm X

    Malcolm X worked to end segregation in the 1960's. He preached to others that they should do whatever they needed to do to fight for their rights. See and hear some of his most famous speeches for yourself! I am sure if you do a search you can find some video

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    A. Philip Randolph, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton. That should provide you with some material to go on.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Paul Robeson is one of my heroes. He was a lawyer, a singer, an actor and a campaigner. Then there's Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Valaida Snow... all musicians, all hugely influential. Producer, composer and musician Quincy Jones is a living legend. A topical one today, sadly, is Toussaint Louverture, the former slave whose revolt led to Haiti's independence. There are so many. Good luck to your son.

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