Amelia Boynton Robinson – she brought Dr. King to Selma in 1953.
Angela Davis – a radical Black activist and advocate of racial justice.
Carlotta Walls – the 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 – the activist known as the “mother of the rivil rights movement”.
Claudette Colvin – she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus nine months before Rosa Parks did, although she’s less well known.
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 woman in Dr King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Eleanor Roosevelt — a civil rights activist during and after her husband’s tenure as President.
Ella Baker – an influential activist as a key figure in the NAACP, SCLC and in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Fannie Lou Hamer – an outspoken activist, a founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Lola Hendricks — active in the 1963 Birmingham campaign.
Mamie Till-Mobley – the mother of slain teenager Emmett Till who became a tireless worker for racial justice.
Marian Anderson – the singer best remembered for her 1939 performance, arranged by Eleanor Roosevelt, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, after being banned from singing in Constitution Hall.
Marvel Cooke – first African-American journalist to work for a White-owned newspaper; active in the civil rights movement.
Maya Angelou – at the request of Dr. King, she became a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Melba Beals – a member of the Little Rock Nine, who faced daily hostility, persecution and death threats.
Minnijean Brown — another member of the Little Rock Nine.
Modjeska Monteith Simkins – a leader of public health and social reform and the civil rights movement in South Carolina.
Odetta — the iconic folk singer was a leading voice for civil rights, joining Dr King in the march on Selma and singing at the 1963 March on Washington.
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.
Ruby Dee – with her husband Ossie Davis, she formed the Association of Artists for Freedom, urging donations to civil rights causes, and was involved in several demonstrations.
Septima Poinsette Clark – SCLC’s director of education.
Unita Blackwell — a project director for SNCC, organizer of voter registration drives across Alabama, and one of the first female Black mayors.
Viola Liuzzo — a martyred civil rights leader who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan.
Vivian Malone — one of two Black students to desegregate the University of Alabama.