Civil rights activists

Posted Oct 26, 2009
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  1. Joan Baez
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    Joan Baez

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    Joan Baez (/ˈb.ɛz/; born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other composers' work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Violeta Parra, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.


  2. Hines Ward
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    Hines Ward

    32,771 views

    Hines Edward Ward, Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is a retired American football wide receiver and current NBC studio analyst who played 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Georgia. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and he became the team's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. Ward was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL, and upon retirement was one of only eight NFL players to have 1,000 or more career receptions.


  3. Pete Seeger
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    Pete Seeger

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  4. Tom Paxton
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    Tom Paxton

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  5. The Dalai Lama
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    The Dalai Lama

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    The 14th Dalai Lama /ˈdɑːl ˈlɑːmə/ (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub, 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism which is nominally headed by the Ganden Tripas. The 14th Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is known for his advocacy for Tibetans worldwide and his lifelong interest in modern science.


  6. Amiri Baraka
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    Amiri Baraka

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    Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones; October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014), formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, was an African-American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone.


  7. Georgia Davis Powers
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    Georgia Davis Powers

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    Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers (born October 19, 1923) served for 21 years as a distinguished member of the state Senate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. When elected in 1967, she became the first person of color and the first woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate.


  8. Phil Ochs
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    Phil Ochs

    645 views

    Philip David "Phil" Ochs (/ˈks/; December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and '70s and released eight albums.


  9. James Bevel
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    James Bevel

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    James Luther Bevel (October 19, 1936 – December 19, 2008) was a leader of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement who, as the Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), initiated, strategized, directed, and developed SCLC's three major successes of the era: the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade, the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement, and the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. Rev. Bevel also proposed that a March to Washington be taken by the students active in Birmingham, and, when that was no longer needed, suggested that SCLC call for and join a March on Washington later in the year, a gathering which had long been advocated by activists Bayard Rustin and A. Philip Randolph. Bevel later initiated and strategized the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches which led to the Congressional passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.


  10. Ayaz Latif Palijo
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    Ayaz Latif Palijo

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    Ayaz Latif Palijo (Sindhiاياز لٽطيف پليجو), (Urdu: اياز لطیف پلیجو‎) (born 15 November 1968) is a Pakistani politician, lawyer, activist, writer and teacher. Palijo was born in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan, to a Baloch mother, the women's rights activist, writer and artist Jeejee Zarina Baloch, and a South Asian leftist Sindhi father and founder of Awami Tahreek, Rasool Bux Palijo.


  11. Aung San Suu Kyi
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    Aung San Suu Kyi

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    Aung San Suu Kyi AC (Burmese: အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည်; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany, /ŋˌsæn.sˈ/, born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners.


  12. Alexander Aris
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    Alexander Aris

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    Alexander Aris Myint San Aung (Burmese: မြင့်ဆန်းအောင်, born 1973), is a civil rights activist of British and Burmese descent. Alexander Aris is the elder son of Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris. He is also a grandson of Aung San, who founded the modern Burmese army and negotiated Burma's independence from the United Kingdom in 1947 and the pioneer of democracy in Myanmar.


  13. Unita Blackwell
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    Unita Blackwell

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    Unita Blackwell (born March 18, 1933) is an American civil rights activist who was the first African-American woman, and the tenth African American, to be elected mayor in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Blackwell was a project director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and helped organize voter drives for African Americans across Mississippi. She is also a founder of the US China Peoples Friendship Association, a group dedicated to promoting cultural exchange between the United States and China. Barefootin '​, Blackwell's autobiography, published in 2006, charts her activism.


  14. Viola Liuzzo
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    Viola Liuzzo

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    Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) was a Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist from Michigan. In March 1965 Liuzzo, then a housewife and mother of 5 with a history of local activism, heeded the call of Martin Luther King Jr and traveled from Detroit, Michigan to Selma, Alabama in the wake of the Bloody Sunday attempt at marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Liuzzo participated in the successful Selma to Montgomery marches and helped with coordination and logistics. Driving back from a trip shuttling fellow activists to the Montgomery airport, she was shot dead by members of the Ku Klux Klan. She was 39 years old.


  15. Julia Britton Hooks
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    Julia Britton Hooks

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    Julia Britton Hooks (May 4, 1852 – March 10, 1942) was a musician and educator whose work with youth, the elderly and indigent was highly respected in her family's home state of Kentucky and in Memphis, Tennessee, where she lived with her second husband, Charles F. Hooks. She was a charter member of the Memphis branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and her example served as an inspiration for her grandson, Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the NAACP from 1977 to 1992. Julia was also a leader for African-American women and active in the civil rights movement.


  16. Ansar Burney
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    Ansar Burney

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    Ansar Burney (Urdu: انصار برنی‎; born 14 August 1956) is a leading Pakistani human rights and civil rights activist. He is a graduate of Masters and Law from Karachi University and honorary recipient of a PhD. in Philosophy. He is widely accredited as being the first man to introduce the concept of human rights in Pakistan nearly 30 years ago.


  17. Alice Dunbar Nelson
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    Alice Dunbar Nelson

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    Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson (July 19, 1875 – September 18, 1935) was an American poet, journalist and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent African Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance. Her first husband was the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; she then married physician Henry A. Callis; and last married Robert J. Nelson, a poet and civil rights activist.


  18. Anne Braden
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    Anne Braden

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    Anne McCarty Braden (July 28, 1924 – March 6, 2006) was an American advocate of racial equality. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in rigidly segregated Anniston, Alabama, Braden grew up in a white middle-class family that accepted southern racial mores wholeheartedly. A devout Episcopalian, Braden was bothered by racial segregation, but never questioned it until her college years at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia. After working on newspapers in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama, she returned to Kentucky as a young adult to write for the Louisville Times. There, in 1948, she met and married fellow newspaperman Carl Braden, a left-wing trade unionist. She became a supporter of the civil rights movement at a time when it was unpopular among southern whites.


  19. Dorothy Cotton
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    Dorothy Cotton

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    Dorothy Cotton (born January 5, 1930) was a leader in the 1960s African-American Civil Rights Movement and a member of the inner-circle of one of its main organizations, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). As the SCLC's Educational Director, she was arguably the highest ranked female member of the organization.


  20. Bernice Fisher
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    Bernice Fisher

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    Bernice Fisher (December 8, 1916, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – May 2, 1966, New York City) was a civil rights activist and union organizer. She was among the three co-founders of the Congress of Racial Equality in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. Her birth name was Elsie Bernice Fisher, but she was called Bernice.


  21. Anita Madden
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    Anita Madden

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    Anita Madden (born February 3, 1933), an American sportswoman, leader in the thoroughbred industry's high society and activist in political and economic issues in Kentucky. She was born Anita K. Myers to Orella Ferguson (died January 22, 1999) in Ashland, Kentucky. Anita grew up as a "tomboy." She played sports while in high school such as basketball and cheerleading while also being involved with the drama club. From there she attended Western Kentucky University for two years before transferring to the University of Kentucky in 1952. There she met Preston West Madden (born July 24, 1934 ) of Lexington, heir and grandson of horse-breeder John Madden. The two dated and then married in 1955. Nine years later the Maddens' only child Patrick Winchester Madden was born. Patrick attended The Hill School, Stanford University, and then earned a law degree at the University of Kentucky.


  22. Wai Hnin Pwint Thon
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    Wai Hnin Pwint Thon

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    Wai Hnin Pwint Thon (Burmese: ဝေနှင်းပွင့်သုန်; born January 4, 1989) is a Burmese activist based in London. Wai Hnin was born in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar) and is the daughter of Mya Aye (Burmese:ျမေအး), one of the leaders of the 88 Generation student group in Burma.


  23. Christine King Farris
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    Christine King Farris

    37 views

    Christine King Farris (born Willie Christine King on September 11, 1927) is the eldest and only living sibling of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. She teaches at Spelman College and is the author of several books and a public speaker on various topics, including the King family, multicultural education, and teaching. Professor Farris was, for many years, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the King Center and has been active for several years in the International Reading Association, and various church and civic organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.


  24. Ida B. Wells
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    Ida B. Wells

    42 views

    Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931), more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She documented lynching in the United States, showing that it was often used as a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites, rather than being based on criminal acts by blacks, as was usually claimed by white mobs. She was active in women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations. Wells was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician and traveled internationally on lecture tours.


  25. Wade Watts
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    Wade Watts

    22 views

    Wade Watts (September 23, 1919 – December 13, 1998) was an African American gospel preacher and civil rights activist from Oklahoma. He served as the state president of the Oklahoma chapter of the NAACP for sixteen years, challenging the Ku Klux Klan through Christian love doctrine. He worked with Thurgood Marshall and developed a friendship with Martin Luther King during the American civil rights movement, and has been cited as a mentor by the current leader of the NAACP in Oklahoma, Miller Newman, and his nephew, former congressman, J. C. Watts.


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