"Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
9 Things Women Couldn't Do In 1913 -- And 3 Things They Still Can't
Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements.
I'd love to show kids this picture of Dr. Martin Luther King!! He looks thoughtful, calm, frustrated and strong all at once!! In most photos he looks so poised that it doesnt look like he is struggling.
Jackie Robinson holds his son, Jackie Jr., as he sits with his wife Rachel on the front steps of their home in 1949. Jackie Jr. struggled with drug addiction as a young man and was killed, at just 24 years old, in a car accident in 1971.