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ROSA PARKS - received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

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Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery.

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Martin Luther King Jr's 'I have a dream' speech (1963

Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech (1963)

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

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On June 6, 1966 James Meredith was shot and wounded in Mississippi on the second day of his 220-mile March Against Fear.

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Dorothy I. Height, founding matriarch of U.S. civil rights movement, dies at 98

Stokely Carmichael & young children while SNCC marched for Civil Rights. SNCC = Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

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'That man's terrible': Secret Jackie Kennedy tapes reveal her disgust over Martin Luther King's 'sex party'

'That man's terrible': Secret Jackie Kennedy tapes reveal her disgust over Martin Luther King's 'sex party' It has been said that Jackie Kennedy hated Martin Luther King so much she could barely look at photographs of him. In interviews taped in 1964 but only just released, she said the black civil rights leader was a ‘terrible man’ and a ‘phoney’. She claimed King bragged of being drunk at her husband John F Kennedy’s funeral and had been caught trying to set up an orgy.