Civil Rights Hero Names

February 8, 2013 Linda Rosenkrantz

The Black history names we’re looking today are the unusual names of some of the lesser-known Civil Rights leaders and activists. We’re all familiar with the Civil Rights Hero Names of 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.

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