Tributes: New case profiles published for heroes and sheroes

Emily Davis SuffragetteA figure of the suffragette movement

Emily Wilding Davison has always been controversial. The suffragette who was fatally injured at the Epsom racecourse during the Derby 100 years ago under the hooves of the king’s horse, has been saluted by some as a brave martyr and also attacked by others as an anarchist.

Now detailed analysis of film footage of the incident sheds new light on the contentious moments on 4 June 1913 that were to go down in the history of political protest in the UK. Read the profile here >

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Elbert HowardThe ‘Big Man’ Remembered

Elbert “Big Man” Howard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party who served as newspaper editor, information officer and logistics genius behind the group’s popular social programs, died at 80 years old. Friends and family described Howard as a “gentle giant” who could paint in words what a jazz song was saying.

Howard was an author, volunteer jazz disc jockey, accomplished author, lecturer and activist in Sonoma County, where he later made his homeRead the profile here >

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Sojourner TruthFrom slave to reformist

Sojourner Truth was an African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and author who lived a miserable life as a slave, serving several masters throughout the state of New York before escaping to freedom in 1826.

After gaining her freedom, Truth became a Christian and preached about abolitionism and equal rights for all, highlighted in her stirring “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, delivered at a women’s convention in Ohio in 1851. Read the profile here >

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Amy Jacques GarveyA Pan-African pioneer

Amy Jacques Garvey became the second wife of famous United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) leader Marcus Garvey in July 1922 after his divorce from his first wife, Amy Ashwood.

Ironically Jacques was not only a friend but the maid of honor at the Garvey-Ashwood wedding on Dec. 25, 1919. In 1920, Jacques became Garvey’s companion and personal secretary. Read the profile here >

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