ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF NOTABLE INDIVIDUALS
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Civil Rights leader known for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott, March on Washington, promoting non-violent civil disobedience, “I Have a Dream” speech
Rosa Parks – Refused to give up her seat on a bus, which led to the Montgomery bus boycott; became an icon and a leader in the Civil Rights Movement
Cesar Chavez –Migrant farm worker who sought to improve the lives of other migrant workers. He called for non-violent struggles for justice and used strikes, boycotts and other forms of civil disobedience to improve conditions for migrant workers.
Ronald Reagan – 40th President of the United States (19811989), known as “The Great Communicator.” Legislation passed during his term of office stimulated economic growth, curbed inflation, increased employment, and strengthened national defense. His term ushered in a time of political conservatism and saw the end of the Cold War with the breakup of the USSR and the destruction of the Berlin Wall.
Colin Powell – American statesman, fourstar general of the U.S. Army who was the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989- 1993, George H.W. Bush). He also served as Secretary of State (2001-2004, George W. Bush) and National Security Advisor (1987-1989, Ronald Reagan).