Text by Amira Rasool. Amira Rasool remembers five figures who sacrificed their lives in the United States in the fight for civil rights and social justice. Black History Month is a time for reflection and celebration. Year after year during this compact month, the same names and quotes of black-American icons are, deservedly or not, regurgitated to no end. The memorializing of these particular black historical figures is no coincidence. The heroes prominently recognized in mainstream black history texts are often non-violent, mild-mannered, and proud Americans who lived in the country without significant public scandal. They often favored integration, cross-racial cooperation, and a nationalist approach to civil rights advocacy.
Black and White women during the U.S. antebellum period participated in abolitionist and social activist work through a variety of organizational outlets. One of. 5 Black political activists who changed America forever—and were exiled for it It's a time when politicians from each party heavily recite quotes from . Theaster Gates illuminates the dark history of Maine's interracial exiles.