Black History Month: Remembering the Contributions of 4 Civil Rights Activists

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The US and, in turn, Kennedys and King has dedicated the month of February to celebrating and reminding people about the causes of the civil rights movement and the contributions of several African Americans who fought, often at the cost of their lives, for desegregation and equal rights.

This Black History Month, Kennedys and King would like to draw your attention to the following civil rights activists.

1. Rosa Parks

At 92, Rosa Parks was one of the longest-surviving civil rights activists in history, especially considering the notoriously short lifespans of civil rights leaders during the movement. Her activism began at 42 after being arrested for sitting on the front end of a segregated city bus and refusing to give up her seat.

Her little rebellion led to the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott organized by a young Martin Luther King Jr. The mass protest ended with a Supreme Court ruling declaring segregation in public buses unconstitutional.

2. Charles Hamilton Houston

To the non-discerning eye, Charles Hamilton Houston might appear to be a highly educated scholar and lawyer who trained civil rights advocates, thereby completely overlooking his key contribution. Kennedys and King’s James DiEugenio knows this forgotten civil rights activist well enough to claim that he, not Martin Luther King Jr. started the modern civil rights movement.

He decided his path during the First World War when he observed discrimination in the military. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he created his version of the institute at Howard School of Law, where he trained a generation of civil rights attorneys who spread across various major cities to reverse the damage created by a longstanding racist system.

Charles Houston

3. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. is synonymous with the Causes of Civil Rights Movement. He came from a long line of pastors in Atlanta, attended a segregated school during his formative years, graduated from the esteemed Morehouse College, and received a doctorate from Boston University in 1955.

King was one of the most dedicated civil rights activists and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He dedicated the prize money to the movement and made the following contributions:

  • Organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.
  • Supported the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
  • Participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery marches in 1965.

He also gave several notable speeches. His 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech marked a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement facts and is widely quoted today.

Black History and the Mainstream Media

You shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet about black history because, nine times out of ten, it will be distorted to fit a particular narrative. Kennedys and King is well aware of this fact and has continued to fight for the truth behind the political assassinations of the 1960s.

If there was ever a place to sort fact from fiction about the MLK and Malcolm X assassinations, it was Kennedys and King.

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