MLK Day Names: Today’s Female Activists

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past on Martin Luther King Day, we have honored some of Dr. King’s most inspiring fellow fighters in the original civil rights struggle. Today we focus on some of the impressive contemporary women who are carrying on that cause, including the three founders of Black Lives Matter and others who work through everything from politics to hip hop and rock.

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, is an organizer and writer confronting issues of rights for domestic workers, police brutality and racism. A powerful voice in the media, she received a 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award. The name Alicia, the lacier version of Alice, now ranks at #381 and is currently represented by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, while Alicia Florrick was the main character on The Good Wife.

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CaitlinBrittin Says:

January 12th, 2018 at 8:43 am

Fantastic list! Such a lovely mix of old favorites and names I’ve never heard of, and a wonderful way to start the MLK weekend! thank you

beynotce Says:

January 12th, 2018 at 9:20 am

Love this list! Also, a number of these women would make great namesakes for little boys: DuVernay, Bond, Davis, Carter, Wiley, Cullors, Clemente.

classicbookworm Says:

January 12th, 2018 at 9:26 pm

A great example of associations shaping our opinions about names! Nameberry, if I remember correctly, referred to creative spellings popular in America’s red states as a trend they don’t particularly care for, but when associated with a political figure they approve of, a creative spelling isn’t so bad. NB’s opinions seem to shift based on who is wearing the creative names, which I suppose is natural. This is a nice list! Fun to see the modern names with older-fashioned ones like Beverly and vintage ones like Opal.

lmwri2 Says:

January 14th, 2018 at 8:38 am

Thank you for this! What a great way to start off the MLK weekend! 1. I love the name derivatives 2. It helps you remember the NAMES that shaped our history; those that made it possible for your little ones to be who they are. More articles like this are greatly appreciated! Keep it up!

katinka Says:

January 14th, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Awesome list!

And some really great names too – I especially love Astrid, Marai, Maxine and Rosa!

lee_augusta Says:

January 15th, 2018 at 4:39 pm

Amazing list!

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