Civil Rights Activists
Women past and present involved in the Civil Rights of women
“When the women take hold of a great and crying evil, you may expect revolution — not necessarily a revolution of blood and destruction, yet not necessarily one of peace.” - Lucy Parsons Revolutionary, radical, anarchist---these titles barely scratch the surface in capturing the identities Lucy Parsons took on during her life. According to local Chicago authorities, Parsons
Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, 1927. Her history of activism began at age 9 handing out leaflets for Women's Suffrage. A photo of her and another protester beaten unconscious in the street on Bloody Sunday circulated globally, calling attention to protests in Alabama. Ran for the Congress from Alabama in 1964, the 1st female African-American ever to do so & the 1st female of any race to run for the ticket of the Democratic Party in Alabama. As of today she is 101 years old.
Phoebe Hawn was one of fourteen women who walked 295 miles from New York City to Washington DC in 1913 as part of a suffrage demonstration. The hike to DC began on February 12, 1913, Lincoln’s birthday. Hundreds of people joined the march at points along the way. The fourteen women who walked the entire route and the two who joined the march in Philadelphia wore long brown capes as shown in the photo above.
Dora Lewis was among the outspoken hunger-striking suffragist prisoners and she received some of the most brutal treatment at the hands of wardens at the District jail and the Occoquan Workhouse. During the infamous “Night of Terror” of November 15, 1917, at Occoquan, Lewis was hurled bodily into her cell. She was knocked unconscious and feared dead when she collided headfirst against her iron bed frame.