"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Last summer the world began to have some of the most important and dynamic conversations about race. Lists after lists were curated and shared for people to learn more about racism in America. While many of these lists included titles such as How to Be An Anti-Racist, White Rage, Just Mercy, and So You Want to Talk About Race, others included the newly released Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning. Following the format of Stamped From the Beginning, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You also focuses on key historical figures and their reactions to and beliefs about racism in a way that is accessible for a teen audience. While reading Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You readers will come across familiar historical names that may have been covered during history classes. However, there will be names that are not so familiar. In fact, readers may be surprised to learn about the key roles some of these individuals played in the historical discussion about racism and how their thoughts, ideas, and actions impact the global community in the twenty-first century.
Today, the third Monday of January, communities all over the United States celebrate the life and legacy of activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King is one of the most familiar names in regard to the Civil Rights Movement. However, it is clear from books like Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You there are so many others who have contributed to the conversations about and activism against racism here in the United States. In honor of the work done by Dr. King and so many others who have fought against systemic racism, here are five lesser known historical figures who were also important to the Civil Rights Movement.
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