American political activist, scholar, professor, author and nationally prominent radical of the 1960s, Angela Davis. Of well educated southern parents, she studied in the US, France and Germany, and became a leader of the Communist Party USA, and closely involved with the Black Panther Party through the Civil Rights Movement. She popularised the 'afro' hairstyle and generated pride in many African Americans, and respect for her uncompromising stance, amongst students around the world
Rosa McCauley Parks (1913–2005) was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement". She is famous for her refusal to relinquish her seat to a white man. She was arrested & tried on charges of disorderly conduct & violating a local ordinance. Found guilty, she appealed & formally challenged the legality of racial segregation. After the boycott, she became an icon & spokesperson of the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks was asked to move to the back of the bus where black people were expected to sit, by the whites. When she refused, police became involved, essentially leading to her arrest. Rosa Parks is a true Civil Rights leader, due to her strength and bravery. This arrest eventually led to the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, where African Americans did not use the buses, but walked instead.
Julian Bond (1940-2015), Civil rights leader, social rights activist, politician, professor, and author. "The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others."