Activist / Abolitionist.

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

A conscinece of South Africa, Albertina Sisulu

Albertina Sisulu

*Albertina Sisulu was born on this date in 1918. She was a Black South African activist and nurse.

One of St. Paul's finest, Donald Smitty Smith

O. Donald Smith

*O Donald “Smitty” Smith was born on this date in 1921.  He was an African American businessman, musician and activist. 

William Alphaeus Hunton, Jr. born

William A. Hunton Jr.

*William Alphaeus Hunton, Jr. was born on this date in 1903. He was an African American scholar and a political activist.

Michael Schwerner dared to STAND

Michael Schwerner

*Michael Schwerner was born on this date in1939.  He was a Jewish American civil rights activist. 


James Tallmadge, abolitionist born

James Tallmadge Jr.

*James Tallmadge, Jr. was born on this date 1778. He was a White American politician and abolitionist.

Born in Stanford, Dutchess County, New York, he graduated from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island in 1798, and was secretary to Governor George Clinton from 1798 to 1800. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1802, after which he practiced in Poughkeepsie and in New York City. He served in the War of 1812 and commanded a company of home guards in defense of New York.

Jefferson Thomas, trailblazing razorback

Jefferson Thomas

*Jefferson Thomas was born on this date in1942. He was an African American accountant and activist.

From Little Rock, Arkansas he was the youngest of seven children to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Thomas. Thomas was a track athlete at all-Black Horace Mann High School in Little Rock (Pulaski County) when he chose to volunteer to integrate all-white Central High School in 1957 as a sophomore.

Duse Ali, 19th century Pan Africanist

Duse Mohamad Ali

*Duse Mohamed Ali was born on this date in 1866. He was an African actor, journalist, businessman and pan Africanist.

Ben Jealous, the NAACP and more

Ben Jealous

*Benjamin Jealous was born January 18, 1973. He is an African American Administrator, Journalist and Civil rights Activist.

Bethany Veney, abolitionist and author

Bethany Veney

The birth of Bethany Veney in 1815 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black woman author.