The MY HERO Project celebrates African American Civil Rights Heroes and Leaders, who have truly revolutionized America.
Without the perseverance, courage, dignity--the deep abiding faith in democracy--of the following heroes, all citizens would not be considered equal in the eyes of the law. And yet this is one of the most American principles the country holds.
From the abolitionists of the 19th century, to the contemporary Black members of Congress who tirelessly work for equal rights, all Americans are indebted to their commitment to social justice.
When the United States finally elected its first African American President -- Barack Obama -- in 2008, it was a testament to the progress that was made from the Civil War to the present. We look to the heroes of the past and present as the United States continues its evolution, to live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was organized by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. It was held on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. On this day, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech to 250,000 people. The march led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Although he may not be as well known as other leaders of the civil rights movement, Thurgood Marshall, US Supreme Court Justice and founder of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, profoundly affected the progress of civil rights by using the law.
Marian Wright Edelman was the first woman admitted to the Mississippi bar, contributed to Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign, and founded the Children's Defense Fund to advocate for poor and disabled children.
Ralph Bunche was the first African American Nobel Peace Prize laureate for mediating in Israel as part of the UN. He was a key figure in the formation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a supporter of the civil rights movement.
Barack Obama was a constitutional law professor and US Senator, who became the first African American elected as President of the United States. He guided the US back from the 2008 recession, and signed many landmark bills into law.
Portrait of Former First Lady Michelle Obama by Chilean artist Enrique Cornejo-Sanchez who was inspired to make this art after hearing Michelle Obama speak.
Ronald V. Dellums is a former U.S. Congressman who fought against apartheid in South Africa.
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