civil rights worker

Definitions of civil rights worker
  1. noun
    a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups
    synonyms: civil rights activist, civil rights leader
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    Julian Bond
    United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940)
    William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
    United States civil rights leader and political activist who campaigned for equality for Black Americans (1868-1963)
    Medgar Wiley Evers
    United States civil rights worker in Mississippi; was killed by a sniper (1925-1963)
    James Leonard Farmer
    United States civil rights leader who in 1942 founded the Congress of Racial Equality (born in 1920)
    Jesse Louis Jackson
    United States civil rights leader who led a national campaign against racial discrimination and ran for presidential nomination (born in 1941)
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
    Malcolm Little
    militant civil rights leader (1925-1965)
    James Howard Meredith
    United States civil rights leader whose college registration caused riots in traditionally segregated Mississippi (born in 1933)
    Rosa Parks
    United States civil rights leader who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery (Alabama) and so triggered the national Civil Rights movement (born in 1913)
    Paul Bustill Robeson
    United States bass singer and an outspoken critic of racism and proponent of socialism (1898-1976)
    Roy Wilkins
    United States civil rights leader (1901-1981)
    Whitney Moore Young Jr.
    United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)
    types:
    freedom rider
    one of an interracial group of civil rights activists who rode buses through parts of the South in order to protest racial segregation
    type of:
    crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
    a disputant who advocates reform
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