Reflect: Key People, Connections and Discussion Questions

This page is about reflection.

You’ll find a list of some of the key people and organizations relevant to this section. You’ll also find a section called intersectionality to encourage thinking about how different issues are connected, and discussion questions to encourage deeper thinking. Take some time to answer the questions, look these people up and learn more about their stories.

The content on this site is not complete: there are countless numbers of people and so many stories — from small acts of defiance to major leadership positions — that didn’t get recorded or that don’t often make it into textbooks.

This website is meant to be grown and improved upon. We’ve included some of the heroes, but if you know people we are missing, let us know so we can include their stories too.

Key People and Groups

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • James Bevel
  • James Forman
  • Amelia Boynton
  • Bernard Lafayette
  • Colia Liddel Lafayette
  • Hosea Williams
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Malcolm X
  • Prathia Hall
  • Stokely Carmichael
  • Nicholas Katzenbach
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Mike Mansfield
  • Everett Dirksen
  • Dallas County Voters League
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Discussion Questions: 
How did the Civil Rights Movement affect voting rights in the South?
Do you think it is still important for people to fight for the right to vote? Why?
“Bloody Sunday” was on the TV news across America, and people who saw it responded with anger towards the government. How does media today influence government response to acts of protest and violence?
Do you think “preclearance,” meaning approval from the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (D.C.), of changes to voting laws in certain jurisdictions that have a history of discrimination is still necessary? Why or why not?