Actress Esther Rolle (1920-1998) trying on a dress the Joseph Magnin store in Beverly Hills in 1974. Ms. Rolle was a professional dancer and a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company before taking on her best known role as Florida Evans on “Good Times.” Photo: Isaac Sutton/Ebony.
Mary McLeod Bethune 1875 - 1955 EDUCATOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER Founder of the National Council of Negro Women, she served as an adviser to FDR on his "black cabinet" and promoted the education of African-American youth.
Union Leader & Civil Rights Activist Addie L. Wyatt. Worked on a meatpacking line after being turned down for a clerical position because of her race. 1953 became VP of her Union's Chicago branch & then president of the Int'l Amalgamated Meet Cutters, the 1st black woman of an int'l Union. Appointed to the Labor Legislation Committee by Pres. Roosevelt. Founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women & co-founder of the Nat'l Org of Women. 1st Black Women to be Person of the Year by Time…
Frederick Douglass, a former slave and eminent human rights leader in the abolition movement, was the first black citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank. He became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time, advising presidents and lecturing to thousands.
Fannie Lou Hamer, who was born today in 1917, was a civil rights leader who worked to secure the social, economic, and political rights of black Americans. In 1964, she co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, spoke at the Democratic National Convention at which she called for mandatory integrated state delegations, and helped organize the Freedom Summer black voter registration drive. http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/fannie-lou-hamer/
Malcolm X - Civil Rights Leader - Don't be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn't do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today. -Malcolm X