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Al-Hathloul is a Saudi women's rights activist, a social media figure, and a political prisoner. Al-Hathloul has been arrested and released on several occasions for defying the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and was arrested in May 2018, with several prominent women's rights activists, on the charge of "attempting to destabilise the kingdom." On December 28, 2020, Hathloul was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.
Lloyd Lionel Gaines was the plaintiff in Gaines v. Canada (1938), which was one of the most important early court cases in the 20th-century U.S. civil rights movement. After being denied admission to the University of Missouri School of Law because he was Black, Gaines filed suit and was eventually heard by the SCOTUS, which ruled in his favor. The Court held that the separate but equal doctrine required that Missouri either admit him or set up a separate law school for black students...
"There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark,' but will curse and damn you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children.' There is something wrong with that press." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)
Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman (1979 - ) center, and other demonstrators chant anti-government slogans during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, January 29, 2011. In 2011, Tawakkul was the first woman from Yemen to win the Nobel Prize for Peace “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Photo credit: Hani Mohammed / AP
Patrisse Cullors (1983), Alicia Garza (1981), and Opal Tometi (1984) are the three activists credited with starting the Black Lives Matter movement. After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin in July 2013, Alicia Garza posted on Facebook, “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter.” Patrisse Cullors was then the first to share the post with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Opal Tometi later joined as social media expert.
Patrisse Cullors (1983), Alicia Garza (1981), and Opal Tometi (1984) are the three activists credited with starting the Black Lives Matter movement. After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin in July 2013, Alicia Garza posted on Facebook, "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter." Patrisse Cullors was then the first to share the post with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Opal Tometi later joined.
"Today's Black power is transforming democracy--but we cannot do it alone. We need the best and the brightest thinkers, strategists, coders, surveillance experts, tech geeks and disruptors to utilize all of the tools we have available to us to build the world we want to see. A world where Black lives matter. A world where all lives matter." ~ Artist: Kimothy Joy
Although Malcolm X (1925-1965) was popular with the people of the Nation of Islam, he didn't come into prominence into 1957 after the Johnson Hinton incident. Hinton was an African man that was brutally beat by police officers and thrown in jail. Malcolm X was notified and went to the jail to demand the man go to the hospital & by the time the man had returned, hundreds of people had gathered outside. By 1959, Malcolm was featured in a TV broadcast about the Nation of Islam...Photo credit: AP
This statue commemorates Dedan Kimathi. He led the Mau Mau Uprising against the British colonial govrnt in Kenya. The statue now stands in Nairobi's city center & depicts him in military fatigues. He holds a rifle & a dagger. The statue is an official acknowledgment that the Mau Mau & Kimathi were instrumental in Kenya's struggle to gain independence from the British-----Branch, D. 2009. Defeating Mau Mau, Creating Kenya: Counterinsurgency, Civil War & Decolonization.
La Mulâtresse Solitude (1772 - 1802) was a slave rebel and heroine in the fight against slavery in Guadeloupe. Originally a slave, she was freed by the abolition of slavery in 1794 during the French revolution. When slavery was reintroduced on Guadeloupe by Napoleon in 1802, she joined Louis Delgrès call to fight for her freedom and took part in the Battle of May 18, 1802. She was captured and executed by hanging after being allowed to wait out her pregnancy.