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Harriet Tubman


HARRIET –Born circa 1820 a slave and originally named Araminta “Minty” Ross. Harriett changed her name in 1849 after she escaped, taking the name of her mother and last name of her husband. She is best known as the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, a covert network of people (African Americans and white) that assisted fugitive slaves as they escaped from slavery in the South.  As the conductor she guided over 300 slaves to Freedom in a decade. She continuously worked to save money and save more slaves and supporters of the Underground Railroad also provided her with funds and shelter to support her trips. Although she remained illiterate for her entire life, during the civil war Harriet Tubman served as a nurse, cook, laundress, spy and scout. After the Emancipation proclamation, Harriet returned to Auburn, NY and opened her doors to those in need. She raised money to open schools for African Americans, gave speeches on Women rights and dreamt of one day building a home for the elderly. In 1908 the Harriet Tubman Home for the Elderly was inaugurated. We are proud to celebrate Harriet as part of the Icon collection.

Malcolm X


Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. He considered “Little” a slave name and adopted X to acknowledge his lost tribal name. He was a minister, human rights activist and prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam (NOI) during the 1950s and 1960s and was credited with increasing the membership of NOI from 500 in 1952 to 30,000 by 1963. A natural orator, Malcolm X became known for countering racism through his signature slogan “by any means necessary.” After severing ties with NOI, Malcolm started his own religious group called the Muslim Mosque, Inc. That same year, he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca which fundamentally changed his life and shifted his beliefs. While on the pilgrimage he shared his beliefs with other cultures and found them to be embracing of his ideals, returning to the United States with a new outlook and perspective for hope grounded in integration. Instead of targeting his message to just African Americans he preached unity to all races. After renouncing his position at NOI relations between Malcolm and NOI were never the same and there were repeated attempts to take his life. On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated by 3 gunmen from NOI who shot him at close range in the Audubon Ballroom. He is one of the foremost leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and his legacy continues to live on. We are proud to celebrate Malcolm X as part of the Icon collection.

Martin Luther King Jr IHAD


On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered the iconic “I Have A Dream” speech as part of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech has become a national symbol of unity and peace and is widely regarded as among the most transformative speeches made in our history. It is said that Dr. King stayed up to 4 am writing and working with confidants on the speech and was advised to remove the

“I have a dream” theme for being too cliche and repetitive of previous speeches. However, Dr. King was urged by Mahalia Jackson who was close to him at the time, to tell them about the dream, threw out the scripted version, and shared his vision for a unified America. The power of the speech resonated and sparked a movement that shaped the Civil Rights act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, supporting the end of racial segregation in this country.

Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou is a civil rights activist, poet, award winning author, dancer, actress overall literary giant who is best known for the memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” While Maya is best known for her literary prowess and artistic genius she was also an avid activist of the civil rights movement and on […]

MIchelle Obama


Former First Lady Michelle Obama is a lawyer (graduate of Harvard law) and writer serving as our first African American First lady in the Oval office from 2009-2017.  During her time as first lady she focused most of her attention on social causes such as poverty, healthy living, and education. She and former president Barack Obama frequently volunteered at homeless shelters and soup kitchens and advocated the importance of education and volunteering. She was a staunch supporter of the organic food movement, making childhood obesity one of her top agenda items. In 2012, she announced a fitness program for kids as part of her Let’s Move Initiative, that reached over 12 million kids. Her work also transformed the school food environment through the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act/ which updated school nutrition standards. Recently publishing a memoir, Becoming, chronicling her journey of how a girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice. Our forever first lady. We are proud to celebrate Michelle Obama in the ICON collection.

Nipsey Hussle


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Oprah Winfrey


An inspirational media mogul, entertainment guru, and philanthropist Oprah is best known for launching The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986-2011( 25 seasons) and is arguably one of the most successful talk show host of all times. To whom much is given, much is expected; with her tremendous success, Oprah gives back in so many ways. Given her strong commitment to empowering women, she’s a contributor to the Time’s Up Campaign- created to address inequalities and injustices in the workplace, N Street Village-non profit that provides services, housing and advocacy to homeless and low-income women in the DC region, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls a boarding school for underprivileged girls in grades 8-12. She also has supported Rise Against Hunger, March for Our Lives, Save the Children and through the Angel Network has supported America’s Second Harvest/Feeding America a food bank created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This media mogul has the heart of a giver! We are proud to celebrate Oprah Winfrey in the icon collection.