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John Sweeney

John Sweeney About Labor leader who served as the President of the national trade union center known as AFL–CIO from 1995 to 2009. He was previously President of the national SEIU, where he pushed for improvements to laws regarding issues like health care reform and immigrant rights. Other Informations He worked as a clerk at …

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Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk About Gay rights activist who became the first openly gay public official in California when he served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978. In July 2016, the US Navy announced that it would be naming a ship after him. Other Informations He served four years in the United States Navy …

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Pandita Ramabai

Pandita Ramabai About Famous for championing the causes of female education and emancipation, Ramabai is also remembered for her scholarly contributions to the study of Sanskrit. Other Informations As the daughter of prominent scholar Anant Shastri, she received an excellent childhood education. By her early teenage years, she could read Sanskrit, as well as Hindustani, …

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Terrence Roberts

Terrence Roberts About Famous as a member of The Little Rock Nine, he was a joint recipient of the 1999 Congressional Gold Medal. In 1957, he and eight other students became the first African Americans to attend Little Rock Central High School. Other Informations Before enrolling at Little Rock Central High School, he attended the …

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James Chaney

James Chaney About Field worker for the Congress of Racial Equality who was murdered by the KKK while working in Mississippi to organize voter education classes. Other Informations He only had a ninth grade education and at the age of 15 he started wearing paper patches reading “NAACP”, to mark his support for the national …

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James Howard Meredith

James Howard Meredith About Civil Rights Movement leader who became a household name when he became the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi. Other Informations He attended segregated schools before making his stand against segregated education. He organized the March Against Fear to encourage blacks to vote. He was married to …

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Manabendra Nath Roy

Manabendra Nath Roy About Indian national revolutionary who founded communist parties in Mexico and India, and helped to form the Radical Democratic Party. Other Informations He became swept up in the nationalist movement in Bengal after reading the works of Vivekananda and Bankim. He was arrested in Bombay in 1931 for conspiring to revoke the …

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks About Civil rights activist who became known as “The first lady of civil rights” after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955. This act instigated the legendary Montgomery Bus Boycott, which helped end racial segregation on public transit across the country. Other Informations Her school, …

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Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi About Famous as the founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (English translation: Save the Childhood Movement), this Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist fought to protect tens of thousands of children worldwide from being forced to labor for long hours under dangerous working conditions. Other Informations After earning an electrical engineering degree from India’s Samrat …

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Russell Means

Russell Means About American Oglala Sioux activist who has spent his career advocating for the rights of Native American people. He is best known for his leading role during the Wounded Knee Incident of 1973, when 200 Oglala Lakota occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Other Informations He was briefly employed at the …

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Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee About Liberian activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, an organization that negotiated a peaceful resolution to the Second Liberian Civil War. Other Informations She earned a degree in social work from the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences and subsequently counseled …

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Humberto Noe Corona

Humberto Noe Corona About Civil rights and labor leader who organized workers for the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Other Informations He was accepted to USC in 1936 on an athletic scholarship. He was involved in a Mexican-American Movement which focused on the issues of unequal educational opportunity for Mexican-American students and police brutality. After his …