The Civil Rights Movement was a critical time in American history. It was a time when thinking changed, values changed, and laws changed – thanks to some exceptional people and their drive to attain equality for all. These people, often at great personal risk, challenged what beliefs existed and revolutionized our country for the better.
Let us celebrate the accomplishments of the brave Justice Fighters that helped to establish the free world in which we live today. Teachers and schools can identify these individuals and their achievements throughout the school year – it was they who fought for our right to do so. May we not only learn from their examples, but follow in their footsteps.
Below are a few of the Justice Fighters of the Civil Rights Era and what each is most known for:
- Anthony, Susan B. (1820–1906) women’s suffrage/voting rights leader
- Chavez, Cesar (1927–1993) Chicano activist, organizer, trade unionist
- DuBois, W. E. B. (1868–1963), writer, scholar, founder of NAACP
- Jackson, Jesse (1941–) clergyman, activist, politician
- Jordan, June (1936–2002), writer, poet, civil rights activist, feminist
- King, Coretta Scott (1927–2006)
- King Jr., Martin Luther (1929–1968) clergyman, SCLC co-founder and president, activist
- Lawson, James (1928–) teacher of nonviolence, activist
- Lincoln, Abraham (1809–1865), 16th President of the United States, promulgated Emancipation Proclamation
- Parks, Rosa (1913–2005) NAACP official, activist
- Paul, Alice (1885–1977) women’s suffrage/voting rights leader
- X, Malcolm (1925–1965), author, activist
- Young, Whitney M., Jr. (1921–1971), Executive Director of National Urban League; advisor to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon
- Gordon Hirabayashi Japanese-American civil rights hero
The above heroes and ‘sheroes’ of the struggle for civil rights are indeed celebrated. RaceBridges invites you to also explore the lesser known and everyday heroes that are alive today and very often are a part of your students’ communities and neighborhoods. Use our stories and short videos to unearth new stories of resilience and achievement and set your students exploring.
List of Civil Rights Leaders. (n.d.). Retrieved 5 4, 2012, from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_civil_rights_leaders