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Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Well. The list of influential Black leaders who gave their lives—both literally and figuratively—for the struggle of freedom and equality for all people is broad.

Throughout the years we, the post-civil rights generations, have learned about the sacrifices of these leaders and have wondered when another would step up to take their places. Sure some (Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, et. al) have shown interest is claiming the role, but they’ve all fallen short for one reason or another.

Despite making vast progress in such a short period of time (legalized segregation was just outlawed 50 years ago), African-Americans and other people of color still face a myriad of challenges today.

But do we need “Black leaders” to call attention to these problems or should grass-roots movements be enough to address these issues?

Let’s talk about it!

 

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