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