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Learn More About These Great African-Americans
Born of injustice and frustration, three strands of the black community would come together to form the Montgomery movement: the local NAACP, a group of professional women, and a number of ministers. Including Rev. Vernon Johns.
Martin Luther King
Considered by many to be the pre-eminent civil rights leader in American History, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA.
Congressman John Lewis is a distinguished civil rights leader and current U.S. congressman from Georgia.
Joe Louis Barrow, the Brown Bomber, was born on Buckalew Mountain, near Lafayette, AL and grew up to become the heavyweight campion of the world.
Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court and played a vital role in the civil rights history of the United States.
In 1951, Willie was signed to play with the New York Giants and become what many would call the "best baseball player ever."
E.D. Nixon was often thought of as "Mr. Civil Rights" in Montgomery during the struggle for civil rights.
Jesse Owens was one of the world's greates athletes who single-handedly stopped Hitler's propaganda campaign cold at the 1936 Olympics.
Bill Pickett was a legendary cowboy and rodeo performer. He is credited with the introduction of a new event to the rodeo: bulldogging.
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