Civil Rights Couples – Love Endures

Civil Rights Couples – Love Endures

February is the month when we celebrate love and most importantly, we honor exceptional and pioneering Americans as part of Black History Month. This year, MELD is highlighting 4 couples of the Civil Rights era out of many couples that inspire us.  Their love, perseverance, and courage serve as a reminder that strong relationships are instrumental for achieving success.  Without these brave couples, the privileges that many single black professionals take for granted would not be possible. In no particular order, here are the four couples.

Fannie Lou Hammer and Perry Hammer:

The Hammers

Fannie and Perry were workers on the W.D. Marlow plantation. They were married in 1945. Fannie was a voting rights activist who nearly lost her life while imprisoned for attempting to register black voters. Fannie and Perry never had children of their own  as a result of an illegal hysterectomy performed on her “out of kindness”.
Interesting facts: Fannie is credited with originating the idea of singing spiritual songs while protesting to ease tension and calm nerves. A former sharecropper, she unsuccessful ran for congress in 1964. She was instrumental in founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which registered 60,000 black voters across the state of Mississippi.

Rosa Parks and Raymond Parks:

The Parks
Rosa, the iconic civil rights leader met Raymond through mutual friends and they were married in 1932 until Raymond’s death in 1977. They did not have any children.
Interesting facts: Rosa was 9 years older than Raymond. Raymond was self educated and was so eloquent that many people thought he was a college graduate.

Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers:

The Evers
Medgar orchestrated voter registration drives, demonstrations, as well as boycotts of companies that were discriminatory towards black people. He married a classmate, Myrlie Beasley in 1951 and they had 3 children.
Interesting facts:Medgar fought with the US Army in both France and Germany during World War II. Justice was finally served when his assassin was convicted 31 years after the murder.

Ida B Wells-Barnett and Ferdinand L. Barnett

The Barnetts
Ida was an investigative journalist who led a very powerful anti-lynching campaign that exposed the horrors of lynching to a global audience. Ferdinand was a lawyer, a writer, a lecturer, an editor and founder of the Chicago’s first black newspaper, The Chicago Conservator. They were married in 1895 and had 4 children together.
Interesting facts:
Ida was born a slave and was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. At age 16, a yellow fever outbreak killed her parents and a brother, and she was left to take care of her 5 siblings on her own. She was one of the first women who kept her maiden name after marriage.



By MELD Team | Feb 16, 2015 | Comments 0
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