Ruby Bridges

1954 – At age six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South (New Orleans). A lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education. In… Continue reading Ruby Bridges

Coretta King

Coretta Scott King 1927 – 2006 Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. She met her husband while attending graduate school in Boston. They were both active in the American civil rights movement and Coretta King was active in the Women’s Movement. Two months after her husband’s assassination in 1968 she founded… Continue reading Coretta King

Anna Douglass

Anna Murray Douglass (1813 – 1882) Anna Murray Douglass was an American abolitionist, member of the Underground Railroad, and the first wife of American social reformer and statesman Frederick Douglass, from 1838 to her death. Anna Murray was a laundress and housekeeper. She met Frederick Douglass when he was working as a caulker at the docks of and… Continue reading Anna Douglass

Elizabeth Eckford

Elizabeth Ann Eckford   1941– Elizabeth Ann Eckford is one the first black students to attend classes at formerly all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Will Counts of the Arkansas Democrat took the photo of her that inspired this painting. Eckford only spent one year at Little Rock Central High where she and the other black students were tormented… Continue reading Elizabeth Eckford