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While Rosa Parks is cemented in American minds as a heroine of the Civil Rights Movement, a host of unsung Black women and their sacrifices for freedom are hardly mentioned.

And yet, the list is long: Fannie Lou Hammer, Ella Baker, Dorothy Height, Septima Clark, Marian Wright Edelman…

So as the masses gather in Washington D.C. to pay homage to Dr. Martin luther King Jr. at the unveiling of his new memorial, some are taking the time to remember the many African-American women who risked their lives, and worked tirelessly in the battle for racial equality.

I am not necessarily calling for the establishment of a new memorial in honor of black women on the National Mall, but I am suggesting that in this “age of Michelle Obama” that we start to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible sacrifices and service of the black women who did so much of the important work that helped propel the civil rights movement forward.

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