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Civil Rights

Odetta Holmes, Singing for the Voiceless

Through her blues music, Holmes inspired people all over America to take a stand for black equality. She performed at numerous rallies, advocating for civil rights for all; in fact, her music is often called the “soundtrack of the Civil Rights movement.” 

Odetta Holmes

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Musician and activist Odetta Holmes.

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Musician and activist Odetta Holmes.

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Alicia Garza

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Alicia Garza created #blacklivesmatter along with social justice workers Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013.

Alicia Garza created #blacklivesmatter along with social justice workers Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013.

#Blacklivesmatter Matters

2014 was a year when police brutality against black men was brought to the forefront of the American consciousness. The police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, along with no legal sentences for the perpetrators, arranged themselves into a pattern that was difficult for the public to miss. Among the responses were protests, riots, classroom discussions, and the swift rise of the hashtag “#blacklivesmatter.”

Alicia Garza

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Alicia Garza created #blacklivesmatter along with social justice workers Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013.

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Alicia Garza created #blacklivesmatter along with social justice workers Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi after George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013.

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar’s Pursuit of Happiness

Of all the things I take for granted, the value I most often overlook is democracy. To reside in a thriving democratic country that gives a voice to its people and places checks and balances on its government is more than I can ever fully appreciate, and even though I have doubts about certain policies, at least I have the opportunity to voice these questions. As a young writer, I am especially grateful for my ability to articulate my opinions without fear of harm.

Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Tikvah Alper

Radiobiologist Tikvah Alper, who spent a lifetime questioning accepted theories and the established order, discovered that diseases like scrapie and mad cow replicated without DNA.

Tikvah Alper

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Tikvah Alper.
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Tikvah Alper.

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Maya Angelou, cropped

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Maya Angelou.
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Maya Angelou.

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