MLK Day Names: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Since we’re a few days away from Martin Luther King Day, and have recently been reminded of the Civil Rights leader’s achievements and struggles in the movie Selma, we’re looking back today to our blog honoring some of the most worthy namesakes among Dr. King’s fellow barrier-breaking heroes and heroines of the movement.
CLARA Luper – the activist known as the ‘Mother of the civil rights movement’
LOLA Hendricks —active in the 1963 Birmingham campaign
MODJESKA Monteith Simkins –a leader of public health and social reform and the civil rights movement in South Carolina
PRATHIA Hall — an important activist leader of SNCC
ROSA Parks – considered “the mother of the modern civil rights movement,” whose refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white passenger, and consequent arrest, were instrumental in inciting a social revolution
VIOLA Liuzzo — a martyred civil rights leader who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan
LYNDON Johnson – insured the passage of President Kennedy’s Civil Rights Bill and the 1964 Voting Rights Act, giving African-Americans more political and economic opportunities (though not represented as such in Selma).
MEDGAR Evers – the slain field secretary of the NAACP, and one of the movement’s first martyrs
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on January 15th, 2015 at 12:37 am
Great list! I love Carlotta, Clara, Coretta, Eleanor, Lola, Marvel (LOVE!), Maya, Angelou, Odetta, Ruby, Viola, Vivian, Bayard, Jesse, Julian, Evers, Myles, and Davis. And I really wish Fannie/Fanny was usable…
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Great list; great people to remember. Sure wish we had more Bayards, Claras, & Emmetts than Britneys, Taylors, & Jadens…
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:12 pm
Wonderful names carried by wonderful, strong and incredibly brave people.
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:20 pm
There are a lot of great names here!
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:21 pm
OH, and what about Malcom X? He was a human rights activist.
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:23 pm
Oops, I mean Malcolm*
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:47 pm
Malcolm. Love that name…swoon. And yes, he would be a great addition to the list.
on January 15th, 2015 at 3:48 pm
Marvel, Prathia and Septima all stood out too me. Really unique and inspiring to boot!
on January 15th, 2015 at 4:51 pm
I love cool old school names! Septima is awesome! I’m adding it to my list! 🙂
on January 15th, 2015 at 6:44 pm
Ooh, I’d forgotten about Coretta. Love it.
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