Rosa Parks - (1913–2005) African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", & "mother of the freedom movement". In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver's order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her civil disobedience sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Daisy Bates – civil rights activist, publisher, journalist. In 1957, she helped nine African American students to become the first to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, who became known as the Little Rock Nine. She and her husband also started the Arkansas State Press - a voice for civil rights even before the nationally recognised movement had emerged.
Gordon Parks was the first African American photographer for LIFE magazine. A visual artist who captured the trials and joys of African Americans…He was the FIRST major African American director and is responsible for the ‘Learning Tree’ & the blaxploitation film ‘Shaft’…
Freedom Riders, Jackson MS, 1961 "... civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern US in 1961 to challenge the non-enforcement of US from 1946 & 1960 that ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The Southern states had ignored the rulings & the federal government did nothing to enforce them. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961... "
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism. baruti