"Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail."
At 8 years old, she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. In the words of Ruby Bridges, "Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!" In 1960, Ruby Bridges' bravery paved the way for monumental change in our country. We recognize her for that courageous act as well as her continued life-long activism.
"I said I could and I would. And I did."
Working under the pen name Nellie Bly, Elizabeth Jane Cochran was a newspaper columnist in the 1800's who wrote women-centric pieces. After going undercover in an insane asylum for her series "Ten Days in a Madhouse", she pioneered investigative journalism. She later went on to report during WWI, continuing to bring light to women's issues before passing away in 1922.
Coretta Scott King
"[I called for all women] To unite and form a solid block of women power to fight the three great evils of racism, poverty, and war."
Coretta Scott King, MLK Jr.'s wife was herself a powerful speaker and champion for human rights. HERdacity celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s life today by honoring his partner and wife.