Leaders

We feel it is important to credit those who have worked all their lives to advance civil liberties and human rights for the benefit of all citizens. Bethany Hudson is one Louisiana citizen for whom this work is a calling. As a maritime attorney working for a Lafayette law firm she daily assists injured maritime workers fight recalcitrant employers to obtain compensation for medical bills and other expenses resulting from accidents aboard commercial vessels, rigs, and port facilities. Herself an activist, Bethany is the ideal source for the information published below.

 

Ralph Abernathy (1926 – 1990) – American activist, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) official
Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906) – American Women’s suffrage leader, speaker, inspiration
Ella Baker (1903 – 1986) – SCLC activist, initiated Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
James Baldwin (1924 – 1987) – essayist, novelist, public speaker, SNCC activist
Daisy Bates (1914 – 1999)
Dana Beal (1947– ) – pro-hemp activist, organizer, speaker, initiator
Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832) – British philosopher, writer, and teacher on civil rights, inspiration
James Bevel (1936 – 2008) – SCLC’s main strategist, organizer, and Direct Action leader
Claude Black (1916 – 2009)
Antoinette Brown Blackwell (1825 – 1921) – founded American Woman Suffrage Association with Lucy Stone in 1869
Julian Bond (1940 –) – activist, politician, scholar, lawyer, NAACP chairman
Lenny Bruce – free speech advocate, comedian, satirist
Lucy Burns (1879 – 1966) – women’s suffrage/voting rights leader
Stokely Carmichael (1941 – 1998) – SNCC and Black Panther activist
Carrie Chapman Catt (1859 – 1947) – suffrage leader, president National American Woman Suffrage Association, founder League of Women Voters and International Alliance of Women
Cesar Chavez (1927 – 1993) – Chicano activist, organizer, trade unionist
Claudette Colvin (1939 –) – Montgomery Bus Boycott pioneer, independent activist
Marvel Cooke (1903 – 2000) – journalist, writer, trade unionist[1]
Humberto “Bert” Corona (1918 – 2001) – labor and civil rights leader
Dorothy Cotton (1930 –) – SCLC official, activist, organizer, and leader
Norris Wright Cuney (1846 – 1898) – Texas politician
Eugene Debs (1855 – 1926) – organizer, campaigner for the poor, women, dissenters, prisoners
Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895) – abolitionist, women’s rights, writer, organizer
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 – 1963) – writer, scholar, founder of NAACP
Charles Evers (1922 –) – Civil Rights Movement activist
Medgar Evers (1925 – 1963) – NAACP official
James Farmer (1920 – 1999) – Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) leader and activist
Louis Farrakhan (1933 –) – Minister, National Representative of the Nation of Islam
James Forman (1928 –2005) – SNCC official and activist
Marie Foster (1917 – 2003) – voting rights activist, local leader in Selma Voting Rights Movement
Betty Friedan (1921 – 2006) – writer, activist, feminist
Mohandas Gandhi (1869 – 1948) – activist, writer, philosopher, inspiration
William Lloyd Garrison (1805 – 1879) – writer, organizer, feminist, initiator
Dick Gregory – civil rights movement, free speech advocate, comedian
Olympe de Gouges (1748 – 1793) – women’s rights pioneer, writer, beheaded during French Revolution
Prathia Hall (1940 – 2002) – SNCC activist, civil rights movement speaker
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917 – 1977) – activist in Mississippi movements
Harry Hay (1912 – 2002) – early leader in American LGBT rights movement, founder Mattachine Society
Lola Hendricks (1932 –) – activist, local leader in Birmingham Movement
Jack Herer (1939 – 2010) – pro-hemp activist, speaker, organizer, author
Gordon Hirabayashi (1918 – 2012) – Japanese-American civil rights hero
Myles Horton (1905 – 1990) – teacher of nonviolence, pioneer activist, Highlander Folk School
T.R.M. Howard (1908 – 1976) – founder of Mississippi’s Regional Council of Negro Leadership
Julia Ward Howe (1818 – 1910) – writer, organizer, suffragette
Dolores Huerta (1930 – ) – labor and civil rights activist
John Peters Humphrey (1905 – 1995) – author of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Jesse Jackson (1941 –) – clergyman, activist, politician
Nellie Stone Johnson (1905 – 2002) – labor and civil rights activist
Abby Kelley (1811 – 1887) – abolitionist and suffragette
Meir Kahane – extremely controversial Jewish rights leader, founder of the Jewish Defense League
Coretta Scott King (1927 – 2006) – SCLC leader, activist

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