Southern Lady, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew was a well-born resident of Richmond, VA who built & operated an extensive spy ring for the United States during the American Civil War. Under the nose of the Confederate government, she gathered intelligence, hampered the Southern war effort, & helped scores of Union soldiers escape from Richmond prisons. A Northern sympathizer in the Confederate capital, she led what one historian called "the most productive espionage operation of the Civil War."
Bayard Rustin brought 200,000 people to the Mall in Washington, in an orderly & peaceable fashion, producing the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom on a shoestring and creating the blueprint for the modern American mass demonstration. He helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition to support a young, little-known minister named Martin Luther King Jr. He spent 1944-6 in prison for being a Quaker C.O., and 60 days in jail for homosexual behavior in 1953. Click through.