an influential SNCC leader and is recognized by most as one of
the important leaders of the Civil Rights Movement as a whole.
He was born on February 21, 1940, in Troy Alabama. His family
were sharecroppers. (more)
Bond was born in January 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee. His
father, Dr. Horace Mann Bond was a dedicated educator. Among other
accomplishments, Dr. Bond was the first black president of Lincoln
University in Pennsylvania, the oldest black private college in
the U. S. (more)
Lou Hamer, who was "sick and tired of being sick and tired,"
was born October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She
was the granddaughter of slaves. Her family were sharecroppers--a
position not that different from slavery. Hamer had 19 brothers
and sisters. (more)
Moses was born in 1935 in Harlem. He had two brothers and
his family was poor. Because Moses had strong academic skills
he was able to attend a competitive private high school. He then
attended Hamilton College and went on to earn a master's degree
in philosophy from Harvard. (more)
Baker was born on December 13, 1903, in Norfolk, Virginia.
Baker developed a sense for social justice early in her life.
As a girl growing up in North Carolina, Baker listened to her
grandmother tell stories about slave revolts. As a slave, her
grandmother had been whipped for refusing to marry a man chosen
for her by the slave owner. (more)
Carmichael was born on November 15, 1941, in Port-of-Spain,
Trinidad. At age seven, he moved to New York City with his parents
and four sisters. He attended the prestigious Bronx High School
of Science where he excelled academically. After high school,
Carmichael studied philosophy at Howard University. (more)