10 Martyrs That Furthered The Civil Rights Cause

From activists to musicians and mathematicians, some of these may surprise you…

Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report Magazine / Public domain

Right from the beginning, mankind has been plagued with injustices. These have often been overcome with war, but also with peace. Indeed, many have yet to be overcome. In this struggle, we have seen that one voice can sometimes have more impact than an army. For this reason, they have too often been put down. These voices belong to the martyrs of our world: the people who, despite meeting a tragic end, live forever.

As Tywin Lannister said, “Legacy is what remains of you when you’re gone,” and the paradoxical thing about a martyr of civil rights is that their legacy becomes all the more powerful when they are silenced. They have appeared in all walks of life and like monarchs, have launched dynasties that will last a thousand years, except these are dynasties not of people, but of rights: The right to freedom of expression and social inclusion.

Edmund Burke famously quipped, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Here are some people who have heeded this call…


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