Dream like Martin:
Martin Luther King Jr. was a pivotal leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. He was a Baptist minister and activist. He is known for his “I Have a Dream” speech given during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963 where he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism.
Fight like Malcom:
Malcom X was an African American Muslim Minister and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. His stance on Black Power Movements and Nationalism often put him at odds with non violent teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Malcom was a vocal advocate for black empowerment and the promotion of Islam in the black community.
Lead like Harriet:
Harriet Tubman was born a slave. She was a political activist and a prominent abolitionist. She escaped slavery and used networks of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad to rescue enslaved people.
Think like Garvey:
Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican political activist among many other things. He was a publisher, entrepreneur and orator. He is best known as the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Formed in July 1914, the UNIA celebrated African history and culture with the aim to achieve Black Nationalism.
Build like Madam C.J.:
Madam C.J. Walker is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. She was an African American activist and entrepreneur. Sarah Breedlove, later known as Madam C.J. Walker created her own homemade line of hair products for Black Women.
Speak Like Frederick:
Frederick Douglass was one of the world's great abolitionists. Born in February 1818, Frederick Douglass has many accomplishments. He was the first African-American to hold high U.S. government ranks, as a diplomat in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and the first to be nominated for vice president. His powerful speeches and antislavery messages have resonated throughout history.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” he said. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Write like Maya:
Maya Angelou was a poet, dancer, singer and activist- a world famous author and figure in history. Maya Angelou wrote several volumes of autobiography that explore the themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression.
Educate like W.E.B.
W. E. B. Du Bois was a sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor. He is well known for the concept of “talented tenth” in education. He believed equal rights and full citizenship for African Americans would be brought through efforts of the intellectual elite. He was an advocate of a broad liberal arts education at the college level.
Believe like Thurgood:
Thurgood Marshall was a civil rights lawyer who served as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. He used the courts to fight Jim Crow and dismantle segregation in the US. He is well known for arguing the historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the Supreme Court declared "separate but equal" unconstitutional in public schools.
Challenge like Rosa:
Rosa Parks is best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has honored her as "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".