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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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Five Astounding Survival Stories That Prove That Death Is Only An Option

Even when faced with the likes of shipwreck, cannibalism, bear attack, or a six-and-a-half-mile free fall, the human will to survive never ceases to amaze. These five tales are the proof.

Survival Stories

Vesna Vulović stayed alive after her plane exploded in mid-air. World War II commando Jan Baalsrud swam, with one boot, through Arctic water after the Germans sunk his boat. Hugh Glass survived a bear attack and even managed to kill the bear. Anna Bågenholm found an air pocket and kept breathing for 40 minutes after she became trapped in frozen water beneath an ice sheet. Owen Chase’s boating crew survived two whale attacks and an island engulfed in flames.

But in all of these cases, what happened next is the truly amazing part. These five astounding survival stories will have you believing in the indomitable, indefatigable will of the human spirit, or the astounding heights of dumb luck, or both…

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The Six Dates That You Should Know For Black History Month

Black History Month starts today. Here’s how it got started, and some dates you should know.

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Important leaders to remember during Black History Month. From left: Rosa Parks, Bernard Harris, Hiram Revels. Image Source: Wikipedia

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, and we assure you it does not — as actress Stacey Dash asserted on the TV show Fox & Friends — have anything to do with segregating a portion of the United States’ population. Rather, it commemorates the achievements of black Americans in national history.

How Black History Month got started

In 1926, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sponsored a national Negro History Week. The group chose the second week of February since it coincides with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. The logic for Black History Month, according to Black History Month “father” and historian Carter G. Woodson, was clear: “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

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22 Photos Of The Montreal Metro That Prove Subways Can Be Beautiful

Public transportation systems don’t get a whole lot of respect for style — think New York City’s notoriously dangerous and graffiti-ridden subway cars of the 1980s. But 20-year-old Canadian photographer Christopher Forsyth went out to show that subway stations — specifically the Montreal Metro — can be more than just crowded and dirty. Indeed, as Forsyth’s photos below show, they can be an architectural treasure:

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DeLaSavane

DeLaSavane Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Fabre

Fabre Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Jean Talon

Jean Talon Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Charlevoix

Charlevoix Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Atwater

Atwater Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Plamondon

Plamondon Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

De Leglise

De Leglise Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Frontenac

Frontenac Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Langelier

Langelier Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Laurier

Laurier Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Assomption

Assomption Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Radisson 2

Radisson Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

DeL'Église

De L'Église Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Champ De Mars

Champ De Mars Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Assomption

Assomption Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Berri UQAM

Berri UQAM Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Radisson

Radisson Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Lasalle

Lasalle Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Laurier

Laurier Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Lionel Groulx

Lionel Groulx Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

Sherbrooke_2

Sherbrooke Station. Image Source: Chris Forsyth

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