external image MARY%20MCLEOD%20BETHUNE2.jpg Mary McLeod Bethune was a civil rights leader who created schools for blacks when most predominantly black schools were unfairly treated. She opened schools for Negro boys and girls who were restricted by segregation, and for her work, was awarded by the NAACP with the Spingarn Medal in 1935.

external image 7174761-140.jpg Linda Brown was represented in the Brown v.s. Board of Education case, which banned the segregation of public schools. Brown was cleared to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, along with eight other students that made up the Little Rock 9. Though her actions may not have greatly affected or inspired the black population, Linda Brown's court case played part in a much larger scale that affected the country as a whole, and gave blacks some hope that someday they could be seen as equal to whites.

external image br0148s.jpg Ruby Bridges was the only child to graduate the first grade in her elementary school in Mississippi. When she and a couple other African American children enrolled, the white parents were appalled and 'ashamed' of the decision to let blacks go to school in the same classes and buildings as their children. These angry white parents withdrew their children from the school, and sent them to private school. But Ruby would not give up, and went to school every day no matter what she had to face there.

external image slideshow_405468_Medgar_Evers.jpg Medgar Evers was dedicated to working at the NAACP for the majority of his life and fought for equality for blacks, specifically in the desegregation of schools. He was a happy man, and always trying to help, but not everyone was so happy. Medgar Evers was assassinated at age 38 by a hate group.

external image MarcusGarvey1920.gif Marcus Garvey started the UNIA, and campaigned that all blacks go "Back to Africa" to flee the hate and discrimination inflicted towards African Americans in the United States. He was then arrested for mail fraud, and sent to jail until he was deported to Jamaica.

external image jesse-1.jpg Jesse Jackson worked directly with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Selma to Montgomery March and on Operation Breadbasket, which was a program that was created to improve the economic conditions of black communities throughout the United States.

port-jfk.jpg John F. Kennedy was president during the early Civil Rights Movement and supported it. He passed laws to ensure equal education for African Americans and their right to vote.

external image mlk.jpg Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the famous "I Have A Dream Speech" during the March on Washington, was president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, supported the bus boycott, and inspired so many black and white Americans to fight for what they believe in. His hopeful, confident, and determined words impacted the whole country to peacefully protest to earn their civil rights. He is arguably the most famous civil rights leader of the entire African American civil rights movement. He headed almost the entire Civil Rights Movement in the 50's and 60's. He was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.

external image abraham-lincoln-picture.jpg Abraham Lincoln ended slavery, and was one of the only early supporters of equal rights for African American citizens.

external image HomerPlessy.jpg Homer Plessy was arrested for sitting on a white-only train car- when he was only of slight African American descent. When his court case, Plessy v.s. Ferguson, lost in the Supreme Court, it made separate but equal the law of the land.

external image rosa_parks.jpg Rosa Parks is most famous for her involvement in a bus boycott- after Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat in the front up to a black man. Though this made her famous, she also had great involvement in the NAACP and informed them of the horrors in Montgomery.

external image malcolm-x-2.jpg Malcolm X worked to end segregation through violence and powerful, threatening speeches. He instructed blacks to "do whatever necessary to gain rights", even if that meant to kill. He was an extreme Muslim, and felt it was necessary that he serve his leaders and that whites got what they deserved. When his father was shot in Malcom's early life, this sparked anger in him and lead to his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

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