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4 Female Civil Rights Leaders You Didn’t Learn About in School

Most people know who Rosa Parks is — here are four other women in the Civil Rights Movement whose names you should know.

Rosa Parks Leaders

Many women — such as Septima Clark, Mildred Loving, Georgia Gilmore and Betty X, above — helped advance the Civil Rights Movement

February 4th marks the birthday of Rosa Parks, the African American woman who made history on December 1, 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.

Parks was one of many African American women who helped lead the movement for equality and the end of segregation in the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Several of her contemporaries were, like Parks, working women whose advocacy and activism were simply part of their day-to-day lives. This, in a way, makes them and their achievements all the more extraordinary.

Four of these female civil rights leaders are profiled here, to celebrate not just Parks’ legacy, but the collective courage of the women of her generation:

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Photo Of The Day: Why Nazi Chic Is Sweeping Thailand

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A sign for the Seven Star clothing shop in Bangkok, Thailand displaying the likeness of Adolf Hitler, dressed as Ronald McDonald. Image Source: Flickr

If the words “Nazi” and “chic” don’t naturally pair together in your mind, that’s understandable, but also a sign that you’ve overlooked a lot of history. For decades now, various subcultures around the globe have co-opted Nazi iconography for assorted reasons.

But while co-opting made some semblance of sense in, say, late 1970s Britain — when punk rockers aimed to shock and offend their parents’ generation, who had lived through World War II — the relatively recent wave of Nazi chic in southeast Asia doesn’t quite compute.

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Then And Now: London’s Most Visited Landmark, From Prostitutes To Tourists

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Piccadilly Circus, London, 1949. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

London’s Piccadilly Circus has been a heavily trafficked thoroughfare for about 200 years. Since its construction, it has seen a plethora of changes and additions to the classic architecture of its buildings and roadway, but it has remained one of the most recognized intersections in the world with around 100 million tourists visiting annually (which — although it’s a thoroughfare as opposed to a destination in the strictest sense — probably makes it London’s most visited landmark).

It has served as everything from a center for art and culture to a WWII prostitutes’ hangout to its current iteration as a profitable tourist attraction. And while, through all those changes, its crowded streets have never been easy to navigate, it remains a staple on the list of places to visit in London.

Piccadilly Circus Now

Piccadilly Circus, London, 2012. Image Source: YouTube

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Selfie Trend Put Into Perspective: The Total Number Of Selfie-Related Deaths Since 2014

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Russian daredevil Instagrammer Kirill Oreshkin (top). Image Source: Kirill Oreshkin / Instagram

Even if you’re not among the 95% of millennials that take selfies, you know that the selfie is the reigning king of amateur photography. According to a wave of recent reporting, the prevalence of selfies is utterly staggering: the average millennial will take 25,700 in their lifetime; it is claimed that females aged 16 to 25 spend five hours taking selfies per week; and on average, 93 million selfies are taken worldwide each day.

But perhaps the most shocking statistic involves a far smaller number: 49. That’s the number of people that have died taking a selfie since just 2014.

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