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Important women during the civil rights era

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks' mugshot

Rosa Parks was an activist in the Civil Rights movement. She was called "The first lady of civil rights," and "The mother of the freedom movement." She was most famous for her refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Rosa Parks became an important symbol of American civil rights.

Harriet Tubman
Quote by Harriet Tubman explaining how to keep your mind focused while escaping.

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. Tubman led hundreds to freedom in the North as the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses organized for that purpose. She also helped the Union Army during the war, working as a spy among other roles. After the Civil War ended, Tubman dedicated her life to helping impoverished former slaves and the elderly, establishing her own Home for the Aged.

Drawing of a family attempting to escape slavery.
Viola Gregg Liuzzo
Viola G. Liuzzo

Viola Gregg Liuzzo was a civil rights activist. Viola traveled to Alabama in March of 1965 to help the Southern Christian Leadership Conference—led by Martin Luther King Jr.—with its efforts to register African-American voters in Selma. Not long after her arrival, Viola was murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan while driving a black man from Montgomery to Selma. The boy she was trying to bring back survived the attack by pretending to be dead. She was the only known white female killed during the Civil Rights Movement.

How did these women impact society today?

These women left a huge footprint behind. Rosa Parks fought for equal rights everywhere, and even started a national bus boycott. Harriet Tubman made over 19 trips to the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. Of all her trips to the South and back, Tubman never lost a single passenger. Viola Liuzzo fought for equal rights and equal treatment of the races. She fought for all African-Americans to be able to vote. She rode freedom busses, and was murdered by the KKK after she arrived in Alabama to attend a conference led by Martin Luther King Jr.

Memorials of Harriet Tubman, Viola Liuzzo, and Rosa Parks.

These women still impact society today by being apart of American history and help people understand the need to stand up for what is right and equal. Each of these women showed incredible acts bravery, hope, and keeping faith.

The Women's March 2017

Women and Men protesting all over the US.

In 2017, Donald Trump was voted President of the United States. Many women were disappointed. Many women (not all) don't like the way President Trump had spoken about women. He has used objectifying terms and phrases that have left thousands and thousands of women unhappy. The President had talked about completely banning abortion and not funding planned parenthood anymore. The women of America and all over stood together and protested around the US. They protested for equal rights, equal pay, being treated fairly, and all stood up for what they believed in.

How are these events similar?

All of these incredible women are similar due to their bravery to stand up for what they believe in. They all believe that they had the power to do whatever they felt was necessary, and knew that just because they weren't the President didn't mean that they were powerless and couldn't get people to truly open their eyes and see what was going on. All of these women have left marks on this country and their acts of bravery and words of truth were heard and seen.

  • Harriet Tubman. (2017, January 05). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://www.biography.com/people/harriet-tubman-9511430?scrlybrkr=19030eaf
  • Rosa Parks. (2016, February 18). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://www.biography.com/people/rosa-parks-9433715?scrlybrkr=19030eaf
  • Viola Gregg Liuzzo. (2016, February 19). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from http://www.biography.com/people/viola-gregg-liuzzo-370152
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