Civil Rights Activists

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

(1875-1955) Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC. She is best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D.

Eliza and Harry Briggs

Eliza and Harry Briggs

Eliza and Harry Briggs were the petitioners in the important school desegregation case, Briggs v. Elliott.

Septima Poinsette Clark

Septima Poinsette Clark

(1898–1987) Septima Poinsette Clark was an African American educator and activist for equal rights who worked with the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joseph Armstrong DeLaine

(1898-1974) Reverend Joseph Armstrong Delaine was a civil rights leader from Summerton, SC, who helped end segregation in South Carolina schools.

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

(1939- ) Born in Bennettsville, SC, Marian Wright Edelman is an activist for the rights of children and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Susan Pringle Frost

(1873-1960) Susan Pringle Frost was the first president of the Charleston Equal Suffrage League and worked for equal voting rights for women and for preserving endangered Charleston properties.

Harvey Gantt

Harvey Gantt

(1943- ) Harvey Gantt was the first African American student to attend Clemson University when he began classes February 1, 1963.

Sarah Grimkè & Angelina Grimkè Weld

Sarah Grimkè & Angelina Grimkè Weld

Sarah Grimkè (1792-1873) & Angelina Grimkè Weld (1805-1879) - The Grimkè sisters were Charleston aristocrats who became active abolitionists who spoke out against slavery.

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

(1941- ) Born in Greenville, SC, Reverend Jesse Jackson is a politician and civil rights activist.

Benjamin Elijah Mays

Benjamin Elijah Mays

(1894-1984) Born in Greenwood, SC, Benjamin Elijah Mays was a teacher, civil rights leader, president of Morehouse College, dean of Howard University's School of Religion, and first black president of Atlanta's school board.

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