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Poll: Most Influential Deceased Civil Rights Activists

We are sad to hear that on July 17th, 2020, John Lewis and C.T. Vivian, two of the most influential civil rights activists, died. They are from the old guard and marched together with Martin Luther King. With this poll we honor them and the many other deceased civil rights activists around the world.

Which of the gone civil rights heroes is your favorite? Put your condolences here.

Make Your Choice

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    John Lewis

    Lewis fought for equality of black and white people.
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    C.T. Vivian

    Vivian, a priest, fought for equality of black and white people.
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    Martin Luther King

    King, a pastor, fought for equality of black and white people.
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    Malcolm X

    Malcolm X fought for equality of black and white people.
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    Mohandas K. Gandhi

    Gandhi fought for India's independence from the United Kingdom.
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    Emmeline Pankhurst

    Emmeline Pankhurst fought for English women's rights to vote in elections.
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    Sophie Scholl

    Sophie and Hans Scholl fought together for free speech while the Nazis reign supreme. So this option is also for Hans. In selfmade flyers they called upon to make a clear decision against the NSDAP, the National Socialistic German Workers' Party.
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    Elijah Cummings

    was an American politician and civil rights advocate who served in the United States House of Representatives for Maryland's 7th congressional district from 1996 until his death in October of 2019.[1] ... Cummings served as the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform from January 2019 until his death in October of that year.
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    Nelson Mandela

    Mandela fought against Apartheid in South Africa.
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    Harvey Milk

    Milk fought for gay people's rights.
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    Alice Paul

    Suffragette, she fought for the 19th amendment to the constitution, which allows women to vote in the USA in 1920.
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    Rosa Parks

    In the 1950s, she denied a white person sit on her seat in the bus and therewith started the bus boycott of Montgomery, which helped overcome the Jim Crow laws by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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    Harriet Tubman

    After she fled from slavery, she helped former black slaves to flee from the Southern states to the Northern states and Canada.
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    Elie Wiesel

    US-Romanian writer. He played an exemplary role in fighting violence, oppression, and racism.
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    Coretta Scott King

    Wife of Martin Luther King, continued his work after Martin Luther's death, she also wrote books about their fight.
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    Betty Friedan

    Feminist, fought against discrimination of women. She tried to end stereotypes.
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    Medgar Evers

    He was the leader of the Association of the Advancement of Coloured People. He forced the abolition of racial segregation in Mississippi, so he could attend the university like white people.
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    W.E.B. Du Bois

    Sociologist, philosopher & jornalist, who joined the civil rights movement.
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    Frederick Douglass

    African American, abolitionist & writer. Allegedly, he was the most influential African American in the 19th century.
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    James Baldwin

    Baldwin made racism and sexuality an subject of discussion, especially black homosexuals.
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    Susan B. Anthony

    Womens rights activist and in 1856, she became an agent for the American Anti Slavery Society in the state of New York.
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    Jane Addams

    Feminist, sociologist and journalist, later founder of social work.
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    Booker T. Washington

    He was a teacher, social reformer and fought for civil rights.
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    Liu Xiaobo

    He was a Chinese writer, dissident and human rights activist.
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    Wangari Maathai

    Leader of the women's movement in Kenya, started the Green Belt Project for afforestation of the land.
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    Muhammad Ali Jinnah

    Fought for the independence of Pakistan.
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    Jawaharlal Nehru

    Fought for the independence of India.
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    Patrice Lumumba

    Fought for the independence from Belgium and became the 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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    Florynce Kennedy

    An African-American female lawyer who was an important activist in and advocate for the "Second Wave" of feminism, she fought for equal rights for women and other social minorities.
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    Shirley Chisholm

    The first woman and first African-American to run for U.S. President from a major political party, she paved the way for the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Chisolm sponsored and fought for legislation to grant women equal rights, as well as for laws to help many oppressed people.
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    Barbara Jordan

    Jordan was one of the first members of the U.S. Congress to have a disability. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her tireless efforts on behalf of the poor, racial minorities, and language minorities. She fought for renewals of the Voting Rights Act and for increasing access to voting for disenfranchised communities.
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    Bella Abzug

    The first Jewish woman elected to the U.S. Congress, she was a labor organizer, civil rights activist and feminist activist.
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    Cesar Chavez

    Probably the most famous labor organizer, he championed economic justice and dignity for working people, especially migrant workers. Like Martin Luther King and Ghandi, he advocated nonviolence.
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    Václav Havel

    Writer, dissident under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia, first president of the Czech Republic and advocate for humanitarian and environmentalist causes.

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