American history is not without its blemishes. As great as the nation is and will be, discrimination against minorities is part of its past. In the midst of years of oppression, people rose and stood up against a machine that was bigger than them. Racial inequality and gender discrimination were and are issues that need to be put the rest in the in 21st Century. We will look at civil rights and social activists that really sounded the alarm in America. They woke us up from our intoxicated slumber and arrogance. They showed us a not so pretty reality of violence and abuse inflicted upon the innocent. If our country was going to stand for liberty, it must belong to all those who inhabit the land. All citizens have the right to vote, speak, and follow their own god without discrimination. Here are 6 people who radically influenced America, many still impact us today. May we never forget the past, and continue to work on building a better future.