Fearless Leaders

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Born in 1928, she spent early childhood between her birth place of Missouri and her grandmother’s home in Arkansas. At…

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Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917 to sharecroppers in Mississippi, the granddaughter of an enslaved woman. She worked picking…

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Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke is most notably known for starting the #Metoo hashtag in 2006! After graduating Burke encountered numerous women of…

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Ida B Wells-Barnett

Ida B Wells-Barnett

Born into slavery, Ida was the main source of support for her siblings by 16 and became a teacher and…

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Mary Fair Burks

Mary Fair Burks

Mary was born in and raised in the Jim Crow south, a teacher who earned a doctorate degree in education…

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Jo Ann Robinson

Jo Ann Robinson

Jo Ann Robinson was born April 17th, 1912 in Georgia. She was the youngest of 12. She became the first…

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Daisy Bates

Daisy Bates

When Daisy was three years old her mother was murdered by three white men. Despite her young age the death…

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Womendez and Jimenez

Womendez and Jimenez

Chris Womendez and Cherie Jimenez: Womendez and Jimenez lived in the same apartment building in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1975 and…

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Shirley Chisholm spent childhood between New York City and her maternal grandmother’s farm in Barbados.…

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Umi (Shelia) Hankins

Umi (Shelia) Hankins

Hankins is the founder of Break the Cycle. Break the Cycle works with teenagers and young adults on how to…

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Patricia Stephens Due

Patricia Stephens Due

Patricia Stephens Due was born on December 9, 1939 in Quincy, Florida. At age 13, she and her sister challenged…

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