Annie Lee Cooper

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About Annie Lee Cooper

Remembered for her role in the Selma Voting Rights Movement of 1965, this Alabama-born activist hit Sheriff Jim Clark after he used a law enforcement club to try to force her out of a voting line at Alabama’s Dallas County Courthouse.

Early life

She left school in the seventh grade and eventually found work as a nursing home caregiver. She was unjustly fired from this position as a result of her civil rights activism.

Trivia

She lived more than five months past her one hundredth birthday.

Family of Annie Lee Cooper

The children of Charles Wilkerson and Lucy Jones, she and her nine siblings spent their early years in Selma, Alabama. She later lived and worked in Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, before returning to her native Alabama in the early 1960s.

Close associates of Annie Lee Cooper

In the 2014 movie Selma, talk show host and actress Oprah Winfrey portrays Annie Lee Cooper.

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Dolores Huerta

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About Dolores Huerta

Advocate for women’s’ rights and immigrant workers’ rights, who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which is now known as the United Farm Workers, in 1962.

Early life

She was a majorette in Girl Scouts.

Trivia

She has been well recognized for her work receiving the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and many more awards for her community service and advocacy.

Family of Dolores Huerta

She is the child of and Alicia Chavez and the mother of Lori and Celeste Head.

Close associates of Dolores Huerta

She co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez.

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Jesse Jackson

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About Jesse Jackson

American civil rights activist and Baptist minister who was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988. He also served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997.

Early life

He attended a racially segregated high school as a student-athlete, demonstrating skill in baseball and football.

Trivia

He founded Rainbow/PUSH in 1971 and was heavily involved in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960’s.

Family of Jesse Jackson

His son, former U.S. Representative for Illinois, Jesse Jackson Jr., was charged with corruption in 2012. He also has two other sons named Jonathan and Yusef as well as two daughters named Santita and Jacqueline with wife, Jacqueline Brown whom he married in 1962. He had his sixth child, Ashley, after an affair with Karin Stanford in 1999.

Close associates of Jesse Jackson

He was with Martin Luther King Jr. when the famed leader was assassinated.

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Jo Ann Boyce

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About Jo Ann Boyce

Grandmother of Disney star Cameron Boyce who was one of 12 black teenagers in 1956 that would become known as The Clinton 12. She and 11 others were the first to attend an integrated public high school in the South after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

Early life

She was 14 years old when she did the courageous move of attending Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee. She later worked as a pediatric nurse and was a professional singer.

Trivia

Cameron told the story of his ‘nana’ in a piece for Disney Channel’s Be Inspired short-film series, which was produced in commemoration of Black History Month. 

Family of Jo Ann Boyce

Her father was once arrested for standing up to the KKK.

Close associates of Jo Ann Boyce

Her granddaughter is Maya Boyce.

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James Howard Meredith

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About James Howard Meredith

Civil Rights Movement leader who became a household name when he became the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi.

Early life

He attended segregated schools before making his stand against segregated education.

Trivia

He organized the March Against Fear to encourage blacks to vote.

Family of James Howard Meredith

He was married to Mary June Wiggins Meredith, with whom he had three children; he married Judy Alsobrook Meredith after Mary died.

Close associates of James Howard Meredith

He wanted to make John F. Kennedy’s administration enforce civil rights for African Americans.

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Martin Luther King III

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About Martin Luther King III

Public speaker and civil rights activist who is the first-born son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. He has worked throughout his career to keep the memory and the causes of his father alive.

Early life

He became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, following in the footsteps of his father.

Trivia

After the assassination of his father, he became a community rights activist, and he became the SCLC president in 1997, a group that his father helped found.

Family of Martin Luther King III

He married Arndrea Waters in 2006 and he has a daughter named Yolanda Renee King.

Close associates of Martin Luther King III

He was raised alongside two sisters, Yolanda and Bernice, and a brother, Dexter.

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