Remembering the Black Female Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

Fannie Lou Hamer, Remembering the Black women leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

The truth is, we remember much of the civil rights movement through its very visible male leaders — giants like Roy Wilkins, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy. Virtually all of the main characters in the film “Selma” are men.

But there were so many women, both behind the scenes and on the front lines, who shaped the movement.