While not the chosen symbol for the Civil Rights movement when it came to the issue of segregation on public transportation, Colvin was the very first Black American to refuse to give up her bus seat as was law in Alabama at the age of fifteen. Social factors at the time was the reason why the NAACP decided to go with the latter incident of Rosa Parks. However, Colvin even at her young age was politically minded and did what she could to support the movement that she saw as a social changing factor that would better her life and the lives of millions of others. In her professional life she was a nurse assistant for 35 years retiring in 2004. While she did not receive the recognition that Rosa Parks would receive in terms of being the first to refuse an unjust law, Colvin deserves the recognition she did not receive in 1955.
Kerry Kennedy September 8, 1959 to Present
The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy has spent her life fighting for the rights of humans, traveling to several nations in order to conduct her work. She has championed the rights for children, women, and immigrants. She is the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center of Human Rights a foundation that was named after her father. Her most recent work was on the “Farmers Workers Bill” that passed in 2019. She is a major proponent of many social issues within the United States including BLM.
Shaun King September 17, 1979 to Present
Shaun King is a social activist writer who had started the politically minded site The North Star in honor of Frederick Douglass. With this and other social media sites King brings the actions of social activists and organizations to the forefront of the media age. Writing compelling articles on how and why the social issues of the day are of great importance. King is also the co-founder of Real Justice PAC and has focused on publishing on current issues that include violence against Black Americans.