To commemorate Martin Luther King Day, we honor some of his fellow heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement. It would be impossible to list all of them, so here are some of the most worthy namesakes.
AMELIA Boynton Robinson – brought Dr. King to Selma in 1953
ANGELA Davis –radical Black activist, advocate of racial justice
CARLOTTA Walls – youngest member of the Little Rock Nine students who desegregated Central High School in 1957
CHARLAYNE Hunter-Gault –one of the first two African-American students to enter the University of Georgia in 1961
CLARA Luper – activist known as the ‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’
CLAUDETTE Colvin – refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus nine months before Rosa Parks did
CORETTA Scott King – Dr. King’s full partner in the civil rights movement
DAISY Bates — a key figure in the integration of Central High School in Little Rock
DOROTHY Cotton – the highest ranking female in Dr King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT — a civil rights activist during her husband’s tenure as President.
ELLA Baker – influential activist, key figure in the NAACP, SCLC and in the creation of the Student Noviolent Coordinating Committee