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This month more than ever, we find ourselves looking back at the people who fought for social change. Many have lost their lives trying to fight an unjust system. Others still continue the fight in any way their voices can be heard. Today, we're taking a moment to recognize a few of the most prominent black activists past and present:_x000D_

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1.) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr._x000D_

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We can not create this list without mentioning Dr. King and his message of love, peace, and equality for African Americans. Inspired by other human rights activists like Gandhi, Dr. King relied on civil disobedience to fight back against injustice rather than advocating violent protesting. One of the most famous protests includes rallying against the segregated racial transportation system with the Montgomery Bus Boycott and leading the voting rights march to Selma, Alabama from Montgomery. His 1963 I Have A Dreamspeech, in which he calls to end all racism, still resonates with millions around the country years after his assassination in 1968.* _x000D_

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2.) John Lewis_x000D_

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John Lewis played a large role in the civil rights movement. He was the youngest out of the major civil rights leaders, including Dr. King, who organized some of the most significant protests in the fight to end racial segregation. Of them, he helped organize March on Washingtonof 1963 where Dr. King delivered his I Have A Dreamspeech. In 1960, Lewis became one of the Freedom Riders , where 7 white men and 6 black men rode the school bus to New Orleans, LA, to protest against segregation laws. Lewis'