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OLYMPIAN. Raisman competes on floor during the Rio Olympics. She won a silver medal for this event. Raisman is inspiring all women involved in the ‘me too’ movement.

[PHOTO] Aly Raisman

March 23, 2018
SUCCESS. Chloe Kim was joined by her US teammate Arielle Gold on the podium in the bronze medal place. The silver medal went to Chinese snowboarder Liu Jiayu. The US won 23 total medals, nine of them gold.

[PHOTO] Chloe Kim

March 22, 2018
OUT OF THIS WORLD. Ride was honored after her death in various ways. Her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy wrote a children’s biography and NASA has named the spot on the moon where probes Ebb and Flow landed after her. Late in 2017, the United States Postal Service announced that Ride would appear on a stamp in 2018.

[PHOTO] Sally Ride

March 20, 2018
VISIONARY. The sharp and minimal design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial garnered Maya Lin national recognition. It is considered one of the most influential memorials of the post WWII period. Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2009, a film about her art, “Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision,” won 1994 Oscar for best documentary, and she was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by President Barack Obama.

[PHOTO] Maya Lin

March 9, 2018
PARTICIPATE. DeRay Mckesson is a part of multiple activist associations. He not only works to get attention for the Black Lives Matter and Campaign Zero, but he is also a part of the LGBT community and has spoken at the GLAAD Gala. He urges people to speak up and out and to expresss themselves.

[PHOTO] DeRay Mckesson

February 27, 2018
SPEAK UP. Angelou spent the majority of her life working alongside other activists, primarily for racial equality. In her life she worked with Gloria Steinem, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many more. They marched, planned, rallied, and wrote articles and poetry alike to do their part.

[PHOTO] Maya Angelou

February 20, 2018
PLAN IT. Bayard Rustin was the central organizer of the March on Washington, which he only had two months to put it all together. Around 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, the event was for jobs and freedom.

[PHOTO] Bayard Rustin

February 15, 2018
FORTY FOUR. Former President Barack Obama made history as the first African American president of the United States. During his time in office, one of the Obama's administration focuses was affordable health care. In his second term he focused on climate change and the environment.

[PHOTO] Barack Obama

February 14, 2018
TRAILBLAZER. Truth is regarded as a trailblazer for her early involvement with both abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Although she did not live to see many of the results of her efforts, she did impact the nation immensely. Truth helped contribute to the abolition of slavery, increased racial equality, and the ability of women to vote, while she only lived to see abolition.

[PHOTO] Sojourner Truth

February 13, 2018
RAISE YOUR VOICE. Ella Baker never sought recognition for herself, instead promoting on the ideals she sought to make a reality. She wanted to cultivate a new group of leaders, so she focused on creating civil rights movements in colleges. “I found a greater sense of importance by being a part of those who were growing,” said Baker, according to “Time.

[PHOTO] Ella Baker

February 12, 2018
Morrison's work is known for its focus on the African American experience- specifically for women. Combined with her lyrical and powerful prose, Morrison weaves compelling tales centered around family, identity, and society. Throughout her career, Morrison has collected many accolades.

[PHOTO] Toni Morrison

February 8, 2018
HISTORY MAKER. Gibson’s achievements went on to inspire many other black athletes as well as women in the sport. She was later inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. She also went on to write an autobiography, titled “I Always Wanted to Be Someone.”

[PHOTO] Althea Gibson

February 5, 2018
LEGACY. Morgan Freeman accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild. He received the award on Jan. 21, 2018 as an 80 year old. Freeman has worked in theatre, TV, and Hollywood

[PHOTO] Morgan Freeman

February 2, 2018
IN FLAMES. Fires continue to blaze in California, now concentrated in the southern half. One of the fires, the Thomas Fire, burned an area of 130,000 acres, spreading over 31,000 acres in nine hourse on its first day; according to CNN, at this rate, it would have consumed New York’s Central Park in merely14 minutes. It ranks as the 19th most destructive fire in California. “There’s nothing left of our home,” said a woman who came back to her home after the Thomas Fire passed.

[PHOTO] Losing too much

December 23, 2017
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