Please join us celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.
Walter Francis White (July 1, 1893)
Walter White was mixed with African and European ancestry. His dominant features were light skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. Interestingly, he could have used his European features to be a part of the white community, but he chose to advocate for civil rights. White led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During his leadership in the NAACP, he set up Legal Defense Fund to legally challenge segregation and disfranchisement. After World War II, he worked with President Truman to desegregate the armed forces.
Malala Yousafzai (July 12, 1997)
Malala Yousafzai is an education activist. She advocates for women to have the right to receive education in Pakistan. At the age of 11, she wrote a BBC blog describing her life under Taliban rule in Swat Valley, where the Taliban had banned girls from attending school. As a result of her activism she was shot, fortunately, she survived and has continued to speak out against the Taliban’s acts against women and education. In 2013, she was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” She won the Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize, Sakharov Prize and she was nominated for the World Children’s prize in Sweden.
Ida B Wells (July 16, 1862)
Ida B. Wells was an advocate for the civil rights movement and the women’s suffrage movement. She was an African American journalist who documented lynching in the U.S., and exposed the act of lynching as a form of retaliation against blacks. In 1884, Wells refused to give up her seat on a Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company whites only car, and she was forcefully removed from the train. She became one of the first female activists to stand up against white supremacy.
*The Museum of Social Justice would like to hear from you! If there is a notable figure who was born in August and should be recognized in our Monthly Birthday posts, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit by July 15, 2014. The winner will receive a prize.