6 Unsung Heroes In Black Women History

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Annie Lee Cooper

Annie Lee Cooper (1910-2010) was an African American civil rights activist who played a key role in the voting rights struggle in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, Cooper attempted to register to vote but was denied by the local registrar. Her confrontation with Sheriff Jim Clark was famously depicted in the film Selma. Cooper’s bravery and determination helped to bring national attention to the issue of voting rights and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


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