Martin Robinson Delany headshot
May 6, 1812 - January 24, 1885
  • Abolitionist
  • |Army Field Officer
  • |Journalist
  • |Physician
  • |Writer
John Brown portrait
May 9, 1800 - December 2, 1859
  • Abolitionist
Nov 19, 1831 - September 19, 1881
  • Brigadier General
  • |Lawyer
  • |U.S. House Representative
  • |U.S. President
  • |U.S. Senator
Cesar Chavez portrait
March 31, 1927 - April 23, 1993
  • American Labor Leader
  • |Civil Rights Leader
Frederick Douglass portrait
c. February 1818 - February 20, 1895
  • Abolitionist
  • |Orator
  • |Social Reformer
  • |Statesman
  • |Writer
Dolores Huerta Headshot
April 10, 1930 - present
  • American Labor Leader
  • |Civil Rights Activist
Richard Allen Portrait
February 14, 1760 – March 26, 1831
  • Religious Leader
  • |Writer
Elie Wiesel portrait
September 30, 1928 - July 2, 2016
  • Holocaust Survivor
  • |Nobel Laureate
  • |Professor
  • |Writer
Shirley Chisholm portrait
November 30, 1924 - January 1, 2005
  • Author
  • |Educator
  • |U.S. House Representative
W. E. B. Du Bois
February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • |Sociologist
  • |Writer
Thurgood Marshall
July 2, 1908 - January 24, 1993
  • Civil Rights Leader
  • |Lawyer
  • |U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Ida B. Wells
July 16, 1862 - March 25, 1931
  • Abolitionist
  • |Civil Rights Leader
  • |Educator
  • |Feminist
  • |Former Slave
  • |Journalist
Langston Hughes in his office
February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • |Poet
  • |Writer
Jo Ann Robinson mugshot
April 17, 1912 – August 29, 1992
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • |Educator
Rosa Parks closeup
February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005
  • Civil Rights Leader
Ella Baker portrait
December 13, 1903 - December 13, 1986
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • |Human Rights Activist
Muhammad Ali float sting
January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016
  • Philanthropist
  • |Professional Boxer
Huey P Newton seated portrait
February 17, 1942 - August 22, 1989
  • Black Panther Party
  • |Civil Rights Activist
  • |Political Activist
Bayard Rustin portrait black and white
March 17, 1912 - August 24, 1987
  • Civil Rights Leader
  • |Gay Rights Activist
  • |Pacifist
  • |Presidential Medal of Honor Recipient
Nelson Mandela Smiling with Raised Fist
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
  • Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary
  • |Philanthropist
  • |President of South Africa
John Robert Lewis portrait
February 21, 1940 - July 17, 2020
  • Civil Rights Leader
  • |U.S. House Representative
Heinmot Tooyalakekt aka Chief Joseph portrait
1840 - September 21, 1904
  • Chief of the Nimiipuu (Nez Pearce)
Yuji Ichioka portrait
June 23, 1936 - September 1, 2002
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • |Historian
josephine-baker-headshot
June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • |Entertainer
  • |Freemason
  • |spy
Abraham Lincoln sitting for last photograph assassination
February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865
  • Lawyer
  • |Rail Splitter
  • |U.S. House Representative
  • |U.S. President
Dorothy Height portrait purple hat
March 24, 1912 - April 20, 2010
  • Civil Rights Activist
  • |Presidential Medal of Honor Recipient
  • |Women's Rights Activist
Archbishop Desmond Tutu headshot
October 7, 1931 - present
  • South African Archbishop
Amanda Gorman Speaking at the Biden - Harris Presidential Inauguration
March 7, 1988 - present
  • Inaugural Poet
  • |National Youth Poet Laureate
  • |Poet
  • |Writer
Robert Smalls portrait black and white
April 5, 1839 - February 22, 1915
  • Businessman
  • |Naval Pilot
  • |Publisher
  • |U.S. House Representative
  • |Vanal Pilot
Julian Bond portrait
January 14, 1940 - August 15, 2015
  • Civil Rights Leader
  • |Professor
  • |Social Activist
  • |Writer