Roy Wilkins, the second Executive Director of the NAACP, was born in St. Louis, in 1901. He was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins was active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and between 1931 and 1934 was assistant NAACP secretary under Walter Francis White.' (photo: Roy Wilkins) - CARTER Magazine

Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Activist, Editor, Journalist / 1901 - 1981 Roy Wilkins was an American civil rights leader who served as the executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The grandchild of slaves, George Henry Jackson (b. 1847) was a teacher, attorney, and Republican Ohio state legislator. In the late 1870s, he married Virginia Gordon, whose father had made a fortune in coal. With the financial help of his father-in-law, Jackson entered law school and began practicing law. Elected with 32,000+ votes, to the Ohio legislature, he served on the Privileges Committee and submitted successful civil rights bills.

The grandchild of slaves, George Henry Jackson (b. 1847) was a teacher, attorney, and Republican Ohio state legislator. In the late 1870s, he married Virginia Gordon, whose father had made a fortune in coal. With the financial help of his father-in-law, Jackson entered law school and began practicing law. Elected with 32,000+ votes, to the Ohio legislature, he served on the Privileges Committee and submitted successful civil rights bills.

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine In 1958, LIFE's Paul Schutzer photographed activist Daisy Bates (fourth from left) as she posed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with members of the Little Rock Nine. Standing tall and proud in front of the highest court in the land, these civil rights pioneers assert their identities as Americans worthy of all every protection under the law.

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine In LIFE's Paul Schutzer photographed activist Daisy Bates (fourth from left) as she posed in front of the U. Supreme Court with members of the Little Rock Nine. Standing tall and proud in front of the highest c

You've heard of the Kent State shootings and you may know of the Jackson State killings -- but do you know about the Orangeburg massacre? On Feb. 8, 1968, three students were killed and 28 were injured in Orangeburg, South Carolina — most shot in the back by the state police while protesting segregation at the local bowling alley.

Orangeburg massacre - On Feb. three students were killed and 28 were injured in Orangeburg, South Carolina — most shot in the back by the state police while protesting segregation at the local bowling alley.

Dr. Floyd Williams  is a research professor and mathematician. Williams was awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant in 1983 to continue his research. Williams is internationally renowned for his pioneering research in Lie Theory and mathematical physics.

Dr. Floyd Williams is a research professor and mathematician. Williams was awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant in 1983 to continue his research. Williams is internationally renowned for his pioneering research in Lie Theory and mathematical physics.

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Charlayne Hunter-Gault remembers the African-American activist Julian Bond, whom she came of age with in the civil-rights movement.

First woman bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and Howard University graduate (M.Div., 1985) Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie received the D.Div. at the 2000 Howard University Convocation as she served as Opening Convocation Speaker.

First woman bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.) Church and Howard University graduate (M., Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie received the D. at the 2000 Howard University Convocation as she served as Opening Convocation Speaker.

Why Medgar Evers Lives in Mississippi - Advertisement for Ebony Magazine - Jet Magazine, November 13, 1958 by vieilles_annonces, via Flickr

The irony doesn't get any more painful. Why Medgar Evers Lives in Mississippi - Advertisement for Ebony Magazine - Jet Magazine, November 1958

Anthony Bowen founded the first African American YMCA in 1853.

Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for Black Americans in This was one of the first organizations for Black Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to.

Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist & NAACP field secretary. He led efforts to overturn segregation at the Univ. of MS, organized boycotts of gas stations that denied Blacks use of their restrooms, vocally supported Clyde Kennard, and drove attention to the murder of Emmett Till, making him a prominent Black leader. He was shot in the back in his driveway by a white supremacist from the White Citizens' Council; it would take 30 years before the known killer would be convicted…

Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist who organized voter-registration efforts, demonstrations and boycotts of companies that practiced discrimination.

The African-American Suffragists History Forgot

The African-American Suffragists History Forgot

eternallybeautifullyblack: “ The African-American Suffragists History Forgot by Lynn Yaeger [T]hough we may have vague notions of the American women who fought so heroically for the ballot on this side of the Atlantic, they are, in our minds, in our.

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes Papers, Letters, manuscripts, and photographs that document the life of the African-American poet.

On Feb. 23, 1979, Frank E. Petersen Jr. became the first African American general in the United States Marine Corps, making history. Petersen was born March 2, 1932, in Topeka, Kansas, the second of four children. He was an intelligent, athletic youngster who played football in middle school. ...

Frank E. October 1952 Frank E. is commissioned as the first African American marine aviation officer.

Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005)  "Unbought and Unbossed" Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, a 1972 candidate for president, and a life long advocate for women's and civil rights.

(she shares my birthday - 30 Nov!) Delta Sigma Theta Soror Shirley Chisholm - "Unbought and Unbossed" Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, a 1972 candidate for president, and a life long advocate for women's and civil rights.

In 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. October 1, 1962.

Characters in my novel, Holding True, celebrate this event. In James Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement.

Left to right: Ella Baker and Ruby Dee at the Jeanette Rankin News Conference in 1968. Ella Baker was a civil rights activist that helped organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and assisted with the formation of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Ruby Dee was a film actress and activist who participated in the Civil Rights Movement and was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

5 Women Who Changed Everything

In this slideshow, meet 10 of the most important female civil rights leaders in America, including Rosa Parks, Ella Baker and Coretta Scott King.

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