Black history month is here and everyone will recite such names as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey etc. and while all those figures are important key figures in the battle against racism, those people are simply the ones high school history textbooks want students to know. US history class is not going to inform anyone about the civil rights leaders below.
Civil rights activist since he was in high school. Once a firm believer in Dr. King’s theory of achieving equality and freedom through non violence, he swiftly took a turn in his ideology and began a much more harsh campaign to end racism and segregation. He was named national chairman of the SNCC, Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee, in 1966 and took the committee in a very different direction. Stokely allied himself mostly with the black panther party. In 1969, he became prime minister of the black panther party. Stokely Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Ture and moved to Guinea to live out the rest of his life.
Quote: “If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power.”
Many call Ms. Davis a radical activist for her harsh stance on social issues such as race equality and feminism. A very educated women who joined civil rights groups such as the SNCC and the black panther party. Angela Davis joined the communist party and although she associated with the black panther party, she preferred the Che-Lumumba Club, an all black branch of the US communist party. She was very involved with prison reform. Voicing her opinion on the Soledad brothers and her support for them. Angela Davis is alive today and is still a big supporter of the civil rights movement.
Quote: “ We know the road to freedom has always been stalked by death.”
A more modern civil rights activist who is known for his involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement. He has often used social media to speak out against police brutality and hate crimes against african-american communities. DeRay has been a big influence in the Ferguson and Baltimore protests. He has been invited to speak at universities and colleges on the topic of racism in modern america. Mckesson is also an openly gay male who has voiced his opinion on gay rights alongside with his anti-racism campaign.
Quote: “Hate is organized in America. And the hashtag is a reminder that this is true even in digital spaces.”