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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.


Autherine Lucy

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Autherine Lucy was the first African-American student admitted to a white school in Alabama when she entered the U. of A. in 1956, with the aid of Thurgood Marshall and others at the NAACP, enduring hostile mobs and court battles. Her name is even more unique than the usual feminization of ArthurArthurine-- but could refer back to the word author..

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