Topic: Trailblazer

Vine Deloria, Jr. Lakota & Dakota Historian, Activist (1933 – 2005)

Vine Deloria Jr. (Mar. 26, 1933 – Nov. 13, 2005) was a Lakota and Dakota author, theologian, historian, and activist. He burst into the American consciousness in 1969 with his book “Custer Died for Your Sins” and later amplified his message through 20 more books about the American Indian experience which helped generate national attention […]

Dick Gregory, A Real Inspiration and True Warrior (1932 – 2017)

  Richard Claxton ‘Dick’ Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an influential comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public. His participation in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s is well-documented, as are his efforts on […]

Janet McCloud, Tulalip Leader, Fishing Rights Activist (1934 – 2003)

Yet Si Blue “the woman who talks”, also know as Janet McCloud and born into the family of Chief Seattle was a prominent Tulalip and indigenous peoples activist. (Mar. 30, 1934 – Nov. 25, 2003) Janet McCloud’s activism helped lead to the 1974 Boldt Decision, for which she was dubbed, “The Rosa Parks of the […]

Sadie Alexander, Civil Rights Champion (1898 – 1989)

Born Sarah Tanner Mossell, this inspiring woman, Sadie Alexander achieved a lot of firsts in her life. Sadie Alexander (Jan. 2, 1898 – Nov. 1, 1989) A life-long champion of civil rights and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race or gender, was a leader in the legal, political and civic arenas of her day. […]

Legendary Marlon Brando, American Actor and Activist (1924 – 2004)

American Hero and Extraordinary Human Being, Marlon Brando was one of the first actor-activists to march for Black American and American Indian rights. Video Playlist Below (Apr. 3, 1924 – Jul. 1, 2004) He spoke out against racism often and forcefully. He marched in demonstrations. And he gave money to civil rights groups. The Brando […]

Legendary Russell Means, Oglala Lakota Activist

Russell Means was an Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of American Indian people. (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968, and helped organize notable events that attracted national and international media coverage. Russell Means has lived a […]

Lakota Woman Mary Brave Bird, Author, Activist (1954 – 2013)

Mary Ellen Moore-Richard known as Mary Brave Bird, also known as Mary Crow Dog and Mary Brave Woman Olguin. Video clip of Lakota Woman below (Sep. 26, 1954 – Feb. 14, 2013) She was an inspiring Brulé Lakota writer and activist who was a member of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s and participated […]

Black Power Salute, Mexico Summer Olympics (1968)

October 16, 1968: Willing to sacrifice ALL for social justice. Tommie Smith, Dr. John Carlos & their Black Power Salute. Let’s not forget Peter Norman. It was expected that Americans would dominate the track at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Indeed, when the men’s 200-meter began, American Tommie Smith led the pack, sprinting […]

U.S Govt. Guilty of Conspiring Dr. King’s Assassination (1999)

Jury found United States local, state, and federal government agencies guilty of conspiring to assassinate the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. Below is an important statement from Martin Luther King jr.’s wife Coretta Scott King that so many of our youth are not aware […]

Matt Remle, Hunkpapa Lakota Human Rights Warrior

Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota) – is a community organizer, educator, father and writer. His Lakota name is Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Charging Thunder), who was his many times Great Grandfather from the late 1700’s. Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Charging Thunder) was a Winter Count keeper for the Hunkpapa Lakota and was the Grandfather of Rain-in- the-Face, Red Thunder and […]

Paul Robeson, An American Trail Blazer (1898 – 1976)

“Paul Robeson at 100 years” Apr. 9, 1898 – Jan. 23, 1976 by William Loren Katz On April 9, 1898 Paul Robeson was born to a family steeped in resistance. His father had escaped from slavery. Young Robeson grew to be a majestic figure in the United States, beginning at Rutgers as an all-star athlete, then […]

Winona LaDuke, Author, Activist, Honor the Earth

Winona LaDuke Honor The Earth White Earth Land Recovery Project. Video Interview Winona LaDuke is an internationally acclaimed Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) activist, environmentalist, economist, author and orator. A graduate of Harvard & Antioch with advanced degrees in rural economic development, Winona LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands & lifeways of Native communities.  Winona LaDuke is […]

Harry Belafonte, Civil Rights, Human Rights Activist

Legendary Harry Belafonte has supported and encouraged civil and humanitarian causes around the world. He continuously fought for racial equality wherever he roamed, from the halls of Broadway to the streets of Birmingham. His life-long commitment to uplifting others and his courageous efforts to bring equality and peace has been an inspiration for so many. […]

Michelle Obama, First Black First Lady of United States

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer and writer. She is the wife of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first acknowledged Black-American First Lady of the United States, (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis descended from a family known as the van Salee’s, who were described as “mulatto” in the 17th […]

Dred Scott And His Fight For Freedom (1799 – 1858)

Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857 Popularly known as “The Dred Scott Decision” Dred Scott was an enslaved African in the United States who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that of his wife and their two daughters in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857, popularly known as “The Dred Scott Decision”. […]
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