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Black History Baby Names: Unusual names of Civil Rights heroes

To commemorate Black History month, we’re looking today at the names of some of the less well known Civil Rights leaders and activists. We’re all familiar with the major figures— from Martin Luther King to Jesse Jackson to Rosa Parks–but our subjects here are some activists who played important roles but might not be as well remembered.
And, of course, since we’re also all about the names, we’ve selected those who— along with the better known Stokely Carmichael, Bayard Rustin, Medgar Evers and Thurgood Marshall– have intriguingly unusual appellations. Here, then, some out-of-the-ordinary black history baby names.


Cleveland Sellers

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Active from the age of fifteen, when he organized his first sit-in, Cleveland Sellers was jailed at a civil right protest, later going on to become a college president. Cleveland is both a place name and a presidential appellation. Though rare today, it was in the Top 100 in the1880’s and has the attractive nickname Cleve.

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