Medgar Evers & Lena Horne at a desegregation rally in Jackson, Mississippi (1963)
Audre Lorde - Caribbean American poet, writer, archivist and mother. Her work primarily revolved around the themes of race and sexuality but approached issues as wide as class, health, age and gender. Audre Lorde was a warrior for expanding the 1960's feminist movement to include the experiences of people with backgrounds beyond middle-class white women. She was the co-inspiration of the incredible Callen-Lorde clinic in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
On June 121963, Medgar W. Evers, Civil Rights activist & NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, was assassinated in front of his Jackson Ms home (at the age of 37) by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens' Council. As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.” ~ Hillary Clinton
Richard Wright was my favorite because he "grabbed the bull by its horns" in the sense of tackling raciscm. His literature concerns racial themes, especially those involving the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century.
In 1991, the year Johnson disclosed to the public that he had contracted the HIV virus, he founded the “The Magic Johnson Foundation,” Since, the foundation has spearheaded numerous efforts that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse urban communities.
Sojourner Truth was my favorite because even though being born into slavery,she became a Christian preacher while living with a family in New York. After the state’s Emancipation Act was passed, she became a vocal supporter of abolition and women’s rights.