During the civil rights movement in the 20th century, anyone who stood up for the rights of African Americans became a possible target for assassination. White supremacists were usually behind these assassinations backed by racist authorities and the police. As we celebrate Black History Month, here are some of the activists who served as martyrs for the freedom of black people in Africa and beyond.
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- The iconic Black Power fist was first raised on this day in 1968
- Manute Bol: from herdsboy in Sudan to the tallest player in NBA history
- Remembering the first South African woman to graduate from a U.S university in 1896
- The unsolved assassination of Thomas Sankara, Africa’s finest revolutionary killed at age 37