Celebrating Civil Rights Activists and Abolitionists

Happy Birthday Nina Simone

African American spirituals, gospel, and folk music all played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.
They sang these songs for multiple purposes: sometimes just to pass the time when waiting for something to happen, for psychological strength against harassment and brutality, and to motivate activists through long marches.

Sometimes professional performers sang political songs for listening audiences at protests and rallies. Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come and Nina Simone’s Mississippi Goddam are examples of songs that were important for the movement.

By the early 1960s, Simone became active in the Civil Rights Movement, taking part in the Selma to Montgomery marches and recording several songs that became civil rights anthems. Her original song, “Mississippi Goddam,” was banned from radio play throughout the South for its frank discussion of racism.

On February 21st in 1933, African American singer, songwriter and pianist Eunice Waymon (aka Nina Simone) was born.
Happy Birthday Queen, Simone.

Alfred Daniel King – More than MLK’s Little Brother

#BlackHistoryMonth can be a powerful reminder of the strides that the Black community and African American ancestors have taken to realize the ideals of racial equality, freedom and justice.

Civil rights activists, known for their fight against social injustice and their lasting impact on the lives of all oppressed people, include Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, W.E.B. Du Bois and Malcolm X and other well known names.

While some groundbreaking heroes of the Civil Rights Movement are well-known, there are many unsung heroes worth celebrating.

Alfred Daniel King (A.D.) lived in the shadows of his famous brother, Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a participant in the civil rights movement, often appearing at his brother’s side in Atlanta and Birmingham.

Harriet Tubman – Abolitionist and Women’s Rights Activist

Both women and men joined the antislavery movement in order to free enslaved Africans. While men led antislavery organizations, women were not allowed to hold key positions. When women defied the rules and spoke out against slavery in public, they were mocked.

In the late 1830s, abolitionists began to advocate for women’s rights as well. Women gained experience as leaders, organizers, and lecturers. They continued to face discrimination which prompted them to band together to promote a new, separate Women’s Rights Movement.

Today for Black History Month, we’re dedicating our post to abolitionist Harriet Tubman. In addition to being an abolitionist, she was a strong supporter of women’s voting rights, giving speeches on women’s suffrage in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. She was a dynamic speaker and storyteller.

Check out our post and let us know if you can spot the connection to our very own VP, Kristine, and Harriet.
We would also like to know when we’re getting our Harriet $20 bill. 💵