History is wrought with acts of courage by unheralded individuals to bring about justice and change in society. Recently in Turkey and Brazil, images of violent demonstrations have been beamed across the globe which leads us to remember and honor other brave souls who have paved the way with their acts of protest.
Antiwar demonstrators tried flower power on MPs blocking the Pentagon Building in Arlington, VA on October 26, 1967. (Photo by Bernie Boston/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Protestors chant during an Occupy Wall Street march, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in New York. A handful of Occupy Wall Street protestors were arrested during a march on the New York Stock Exchange on the anniversary of the grass-roots movement. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) South African police beating Black women with clubs after they raided and set a beer hall on fire in protest against apartheid, Durban, South Africa in 1959. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Rosa Parks seated toward the front of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. 1956. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) 1992: Police brutality, Los Angeles A California Highway Patrol officer stands guard at Ninth Street and Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles as smoke rises from a fire further down the street, April 30, 1992. It was the second day of unrest in Los Angeles following the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney King beating case. (AP Photo/David Longstreath) FILE - In this Aug. 27, 1968 file photo, a demonstrator falls to the pavement as he is pursued by Chicago Police officers during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Chicago police officers will be facing big challenges when protesters descend on the city for the upcoming summit of NATO leaders May 20-21, 2012. The force boasts of embracing modern techniques and groundbreaking crowd-control strategies but has never completely shaken its reputation for brutality and misconduct. The coming protests also are the big test for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a former ranking commander in the New York City Police Department and protege of NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, who Mayor Rahm Emanuel selected last year to lead Chicago’s 12,000-member force. Even before McCarthy’s arrival, the Chicago department has been trying to upgrade its tactics and procedures for years. A department that failed to adequately train, equip or even feed officers during the Democratic National Convention of 1968, took pains to make sure the mistakes of the past would not be repeated. (AP Photo, File) 1999: WTO, Seattle A World Trade Organization demonstrator holds-up a peace sign while standing over a gas bomb that was thrown by Seattle police during protests in downtown Seattle Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. Police in riot gear fired red pepper spray in plastic pellets Tuesday at demonstrators who blocked streets and forced a delay in opening ceremonies of the largest trade event ever staged in the United States. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser) FILE -This is a June 5, 1989 file photo of a Chinese man as he stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square . (AP Photo/Jeff Widener, File) Demonstrators demanding a woman's right to choose march to the U.S. Capitol for a rally seeking repeal of all anti-abortion laws in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 1971. On the other side of the Capitol was a demonstration held by those who are against abortion. (AP Photo) Extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on Oct. 16, 1968. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. Peter Norman, the Australian who stood alongside the U.S. athletes staging the civil rights protest from the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics, died Tuesday October 3, 2006, of a heart attack. He was 64. (AP Photo/FILE) Demonstrators swaying Czech flag rush past a burning Russian tank in front of the building housing Radio Prague, during the continuing protests against the Soviet invasion of their country, August 21, 1968. (AP Photo) FILE - In this May 3, 1963 file photo, a 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator, defying an anti-parade ordinance of Birmingham, Ala., is attacked by a police dog. 1963 was a year of revolution in race relations in the United States. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson, File) FILE - In this May 4, 1970 file photo, Mary Ann Vecchio screams as she kneels by the body of a student lying face down on the campus of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio . National Guardsmen had fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four. (AP Photo/John Filo, File) The flaming body of a Buddhist monk, the Rev. Thich Quang Duc, is shown as it fell over on the pavement of a main intersection in Saigon, Vietnam, June 11, 1963. The elderly monk set fire to his clothing and burned himself to death in protest of alleged government persecution of Buddhists. Other monks kneel with hands clasped in prayer. (AP Photo/Malcolm Browne)