Activist / Abolitionist.

Activist and Abolitionist were men and women who fought against African slavery and for black equality in America since the Civil War.

Abolitionist Samuel Burris born


Samuel D. Burris

*The birth of Samuel Burris in 1813 is remembered on this date. He was a black abolitionist and member of the Underground Railroad.

Mineo Katagiri, activist and minister


Rev. Mineo Katagiri

*Mineo Katagiri was born on this date in 1919. He was a Japanese American activist, minister and strong advocate for civil rights for African and Asians in America.

Amelia Boynton born


Amelia Boynton

*Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson was born on this date in 1911. She was an African American activist in the 20th century American Civil Rights Movement and a key figure in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march.

Jonathan Daniels born


Jonathan Daniels

*Jonathan Daniels was born on this date in1939. He was a white Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist.

Ardelia Dixon born


Ardelia Dixon

*Ardelia Dixon was born on this date in 1916. She was an African American activist and educator.

Born in Atlantic City to Ardelia Jackson and Oscar Dixon, Mrs. Dixon grew up in Cleveland and graduated from John Hay High School. She attended Fenn College (later Cleveland State University) for a year and then began working for her degree part time at Cleveland College of Western Reserve University (later Case Western Reserve University). In 1945, she married a fellow civic volunteer, Henry George Dixon, but had no children.

Lethia Fleming born


Lethia C. Fleming

*Lethia Fleming was born on this date in 1876. She was an African American campaign organizer, women’s and civil rights activist and politician.

Ted Blakey, SD community leader born

*Ted Blakey was born on this date in 1925. He was an African American businessman. From Yankton, SD, his family migrated from Missouri to find a better life amid the horrors of American slavery.

Abolitionist Charles Avery born


Charles A. Avery

*Charles Avery was born on this date in 1784. He was a White European merchant, businessman and abolitionist.

Cyril Briggs born


Cyril Valentine Briggs

*On this date in 1888 Cyril Valentine Briggs was born. He was an African American writer and political activist.

Born in Nevis, West Indies. Briggs moved to New York City in 1905 and got his first writing job at the Amsterdam News in 1912. In 1917, Briggs founded the African Blood Brotherhood (ABB) to stop lynching in the South and racial discrimination in the North. In 1918, the ABB began publishing a magazine called The Crusader.

Union activist Frank Boyd born


Frank Boyd

*The birth of Frank Boyd in 1881 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American Pullman Porter and labor activist.