Activist / Abolitionist.

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

James Hood, activist born


Hood at the University of Alabama, 1963

*James Hood was born on this date in 1942. He was an African American educator and activist.

A Soldier for Civil Rights, Lawrence Guyot


Lawrence Guyot

*Lawrence Guyot was born on this date in 1939. He was an African American, lawyer and Civil Rights activist. From Pass Christian, Mississippi after high school Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) enrolled at Tougaloo College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 1963. It was during his undergrad college years that he became active in civil rights.

Activist of Peace, Roger Banks


Roger Banks

*Roger Banks was born on this date in 1936. He was an African American educator and Public Policy Activist. Roger Ware Banks and his brother Robert were born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Robert T. Banks and Violet Houston Banks.

Charles McDew, activist and educator


Charles McDew

*Charles McDew was born on this date in1938. He is an African American educator and activist.

From Massillion, Ohio, he led his first demonstration in the eighth grade, to protest violations of the religious freedom of Amish students in his hometown. As a student at South Carolina State College he became involved in the civil rights movement. This included a campaign against segregated lunch counters in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1960.

William Still, Philadelphia abolitionist


William Still

*William Still was born on this date in 1821. He was a Black abolitionist, conductor on the Underground Railroad, writer, historian and activist.

Rodney King, "Can We All Get Along?"


Rodney G. King

*Rodney King was born on this date in 1965. He was an African American laborer and civil rights symbol (police brutality).

Richard Aoki, brilliant Panther


Richard Aoki

*Richard Aoki was born on this date in 1938. He was an Asian American civil rights activist.

Richard Masato Aoki was born in San Leandro, California to Japanese American parents. One of two sons, his father was from Oakland and his mother was from Berkley, CA. During World War II, He and his family were interned at the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah from 1942 to 1945. They moved back to Oakland, California after World War II ended. Aoki spent eight years serving in the United States Army, first as a medic and later in the infantry and as a weapons expert.

The heart os activism, Hollis Watkins


Hollis Watkins

*Hollis Watkins was born on this date in 1941. He is an African American Civil Rights activist and administrator.

From Natchez, MS., Watkins is the son of John and Leona Watkins. He comes from a family with 5 sisters and 6 brothers. Watkins attended McNulty elementary school and Lincoln County Training school in Mississippi. He also attended Tugaloo College.

Walter Hall Lively, Philladelphia activist


Walter H. Lively

*Walter Hall Lively was born on this date in 1942. He was an African American Civil Rights Activist & Black Liberationist.

Abolitionist William H. Johnson born


William H. Johnson

*The birth of William Henry Johnson in 1833 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black Abolitionist, politician and crusader for the rights of Blacks.