Civil rights activists protesting the segregation of African Americans, environmentalists fighting to save the planet and feminists working to secure women's rights all have one goal in common - making our world a better place. Through raucous protests or quiet persistence in the face of injustice, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller, Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony and countless others have devoted their lives to the betterment of mankind.
Linda Brown, the child at the center of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case, has died. The case dismantled federal education laws that allowed segregated schools for black and white students, although Brown never got the chance to attend unsegregated school.
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Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott; its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities.
On the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the U.K., equality campaigners are calling for the pardon of Emmeline Pankhurst and other suffragettes who were imprisoned fighting for women’s suffrage. Meanwhile, Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter warned President Trump may damage men’s perception of women.