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MLK Day: Historic Civil Rights Leaders’ Names

January 14, 2016 Linda Rosenkrantz

We’re all familiar with the major figures of the Civil Rights movement–from Martin Luther King, Jr to Jesse Jackson to Rosa Parks, but our subjects here are activists who played important roles but aren’t necessarily so well remembered. And of course, since we’re all about the names, we’ve selected those who–along with Stokely Carmichael, Medgar Evers, Bayard Rustin and Thurgood Marshall–have intriguingly unusual appellations.(by Linda Rosenkrantz)

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Autherine

Autherine Juanita 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.