As we make our way through Black History Month, Walker’s Legacy will honor Black women who have paved the way for generations of activists to come. Today, we will showcase 5 Black women who fought for equality.
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Angela Yvonne Davis is a prominent political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as the leader of Communist Party USA in the 1960s and had close ties to the Black Panther Party. She has advocated for the abolishment of prisons and the prison-industrial complex. She is currently Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught in the History of Consciousness Department and is the former director of the Feminist Studies Department.
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Ella Baker was an African-American civil rights activist who was known for her influential efforts as a community organizer alongside other fellow civil rights activists. She was the premiere behind-the-scenes organizer, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) headed by Martin Luther King, Jr., and an inspiring force behind the creation of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
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Dorothy Height was a civil rights and women’s rights activist focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African American women. Height was a leader in addressing the rights of both women and African Americans as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. In the 1990s, she drew young people into her cause in the war against drugs, illiteracy, and unemployment. The numerous honors bestowed upon her include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004).
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Alicia Garza is an activist and writer who now lives in Oakland, California. Although she has organized around issues related to health, student services, and rights for domestic workers as well as violence against trans and gender-nonconforming people of color, she is best known for her coining of the phrase “Black Lives Matter. She is one of the three founders of the global movement.
Thank you to the women mentioned for using their voices to speak for generations to come.