Activist / Abolitionist.

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

Lawrence Nixon advocated the right to vote


Lawrence A. Nixon

*Lawrence Nixon was born on this date in 1883. He was a Black physician and voting-rights advocate.

Early abolitionist Elizabeth Freeman born


Elizabeth Freeman

*Elizabeth Freeman’s birth in 1742 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black slave and abolitionist.

She was born to enslaved African parents in Claverack, New York. At the age of six months she was purchased, along with her sister, by John Ashley of Sheffield, Massachusetts, whom she served until she was nearly forty. By then she was known as "Mum Bett," and had a young daughter known as "Little Bett." Her husband had been killed while fighting in the Revolutionary War.

Abraham Shadd, abolitionist born


Abraham D. Shadd

*Abraham Schadd was born on this date in 1801. He was a Black Abolitionist, Businessman, and Community Organizer He was one of Delaware's most significant Black leaders of the 19th century. Abraham Doras Schadd was born in Mill Creek Hundred and the father of 13 children. He earned a successful living as a shoemaker, a trade he learned from his father. He acquired property in Wilmington.

Charles Langston born


Charles H. Langston

*The birth of Charles Langston in 1817 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave, editor, abolitionist and teacher.

Greensboro Four member Frankiln McCain


Franklin McCain

*Franklin McCain was born on this date in 1941. He was an African American Chemical Administrator, Civil Rights leader and one of the Greensboro Four.

Abolitionist Wendell Phillips born


Wendell Phillips

*Wendell Phillips was born on this date in 1811. He was a White American businessman and abolitionist.

The Palmares community of Brazil


Palmares statue

*The Palmares community in 1605 is celebrated on this date. This was a Brazilian settlement of runaway and freeborn African slaves.

Osbourne Anderson, abolitionist born


Osbourne Perry Anderson

*Osborne Perry Anderson was born on this date in 1830.  He was a Black abolitionist.

Diane Nash, activist born


Diane Nash

*Diane Nash was born on this date in 1938. She is an African American activist, lecturer and businesswoman.

Edgar Daniel Nixon, an Alabama Icon


Edgar D. Nixon

*Edgar D. Nixon was born on this date in 1899. He was an African American civil rights leader and union organizer.