African-American women have played a key role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Without their struggle for freedom from racial abuse, it wouldn't have been possible for Americans to achieve racial justice. African-American women like Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson and Ella Baker were a few, who led the front.
Although, women played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement, they were not given the necessary attention they deserved. Their names are lost in the pages of history. People all over US celebrate Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, but little do they know that Martin Luther King, without the support, hard work and help from African-American women, particularly Rosa Parks, Ella Baker and Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, would not have achieved as much as he did. In fact, it was Rosa Parks' act of defiance that ignited the national Civil Rights Movement.
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