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Maya Angelou
1928-2014
From: United States: Arkansas, California, Missouri, North Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: poet, novelist, activist, actress

Mariama Ba
1929-1981
From: Senegal
Fields: Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry
Key Words/Phrases: Writer, feminist

Ella Baker
1903-1986
From: United States: Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Civil rights activist, labor organizer

Maria Louise Baldwin
1856-1922
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Educator, civic leader

Daisy Gatson Bates
1914-1999
From: United States: Arkansas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: Civil rights activist

Mary McLeod Bethune
1875-1955
From: United States: Florida, South Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Ruby Bridges
1954-
From: United States: Louisiana, Mississippi
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: first black child to attend a white school in New Orleans

Mary Shadd Cary
1823-1893
From: Canada, United States: Delaware, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Septima Poinsette Clark
1898-1987
From: United States: South Carolina
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Claudette Colvin
1939-
From: United States: Alabama, New York
Fields: Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Defied bus segregation in Montgomery, AL, before Rosa Parks did

Ellen Smith Craft
1826-1891
From: United Kingdom, United States: Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Sociology/Social Work

Marian Wright Edelman
1939-
From: United States: Mississippi, South Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law

Elizabeth Freeman (Mum Bett)
c. 1742-1829
From: United States: Massachusetts, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: slavery, anti-slavery, activism, human rights, precedent

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer
1917-1977
From: United States: Mississippi
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
1825-1911
From: United States: Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Dorothy Height
1912-2010
From: United States: Pennsylvania, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Psychology
Key Words/Phrases: civil rights activist, president of National Council of Negro Women, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal

Harriet Jacobs
1813-1897
From: United States: Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Elizabeth Jennings Graham
1830-1901
From: United States: New York
Fields: Education, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: won the first desegregation case in 1855, teacher

Coretta Scott King
1927-2006
From: United States: Alabama, Georgia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: civil rights activist

Ellen Kuzwayo
1914-2006
From: South Africa
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Government and Politics, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Constance Baker Motley
1921-2005
From: United States: Connecticut, New York
Fields: Human Rights, Law

Micere Githae Mugo
1942-
From: Kenya, Zimbabwe
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Pauli Murray
1910-1985
From: United States: Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Law, Religion

Rosa Louise Parks
1913-2005
From: United States: Alabama, Michigan
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Lucy Parsons
1853-1942
From: United States: Illinois, Texas
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Management and Labor Relations

Josephine Ruffin
1842-1924
From: United States: Massachusetts
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting
Key Words/Phrases: editor, journalist, civil rights leader, activist

Nina Simone
1933-2003
From: Barbados, France, United States: New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Fields: Human Rights, Music

Mary Louise Smith
1937-
From: United States: Alabama
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: Preceded Rosa Parks in defying bus segregation

Mary Burnett Talbert
1866-1923
From: United States: Arkansas, New York, Ohio
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, Human Rights

Sojourner Truth
1797-1883
From: United States: Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Washington DC
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights

Harriet Tubman
1820-1913
From: United States: Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights
Key Words/Phrases: slave, abolitionist, Underground Railroad

Alice Walker
1944-
From: United States: California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Literature and Poetry

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
1862-1931
From: United States: Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Human Rights, Journalism and Broadcasting



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