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MLK Day Names: Today’s Female Activists

January 11, 2018 Linda Rosenkrantz

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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