famous people that took a stand

Cesar Chavez
(1927-1993)
    Cesar Chavez thought that abuse of farmworkers was wrong. As Mexican laborers and farmworkers, his family was not treated well. He took a stand by boycotting grapes and fasting (not eating for a few days.) He also refused to sit in the Mexican section of a theater.
     Cesar now has a park in Sacramento and many schools across the country named after him.
 
Rosa Parks
(1913-2005)
    During the time of segregation, white people sat in the front of the bus, and "colored" people had to sit in the back. On December 1, 1955, while Rosa was in the bus, she noticed that the white section was full. When another white person got on, the driver told Rosa to get up. Rosa refused. She did not know that this was a big step in the civil rights movement.
    Many people now honor Rosa. There are now many schools named after her.
 
Susan B. Anthony 
 (1820-1906)
    Susan B. Anthony taught for 15 years before becoming active in temperance (self-restraint in action.) She was famous for her acts for women's rights. In her day, women weren't allowed to vote. Susan took a stand by making speeches. She also helped found the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and was president of the group from 1890 to 1900.
    Her house is now a famous museum and there are many buildings to honor her.
 
 
  
    
  
 
                                
                                     
          
                 
 
 
Sojourner Truth
(1797-1883)
    Sojourner Truth was an African- Amwerican abolitionist and a women's rights activist. She was born into slavery in New York, but escaped with her infant daughter in 1826. When she went to court
to free her son, she became the first African American woman to win a case against a white man. She also gave speeches and worked to free slaves. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Martin Luther King Jr.
(1929-1968)
    Martin Luther King Jr. was an African- American segregation activist. He organized speeches, boycotts, and marches. He is most famos for his "I Have a Dream" speech made on August 28, 1963. He also started the March on Washington and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (inspired by Rosa Parks, left). Martin is one of the most famous abolitionists during the time of segregation.
    There are many schools and streets named after Martin. The Civil Rights Memorial in Washington, D.C. also was inspired by Martin.    
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