Icon, Civil Rights Movement
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after a white woman said she was offended by him in her family's grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention.
African-American Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist
Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist. She was born into slavery, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.
African-American Social Reformer and Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York.
Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
Co-Recipient, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai is an activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan.
Family Assistance Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Carol Mizoguchi is currently a Family Assistance Program Specialist at U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she joined the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) in February 2016.
Civil Rights Activist and Comedian
Dick Gregory was an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, comedian, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, he became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his "no-holds-barred" sets.
African-American Muslim Minister and Human Rights Activist
To the admirers of Malcolm X, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence.