WATCH: USA Today’s “In Their Words” Black History Month Video Series

Watch the videos below from voices in today’s Civil Rights Movement.

Leighton Watson

Leighton, 22, is president of Howard University’s student association. He organized a group of undergraduates from the university to march in Ferguson, Mo., following the death of Michael Brown, and he helped coordinate a photo of Howard students in the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” stance that went viral online. Click here.

Alicia Garza

Alicia, 34, created the grassroots organization Black Lives Matter along with several other women following the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. The #BlackLivesMatter movement gained increased recognition in recent months after the death of Michael Brown and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo. Click here.

Charlene Carruthers

Charlene, 29, is the national director of the Black Youth Project 100, a nationwide grassroots activist organization. BYP100 educates members about issues of racial injustice and coordinates online and on-the-ground efforts of advocacy. Click here.

Rev. Otis Moss III

Rev. Moss, 44, is the senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Moss’ father, Otis Moss Jr. co-pastored a church with Martin Luther King Sr., and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Click here.

Genie Lauren

Genie, 30, is a social media activist best known for mobilizing an online protest and petition that stopped juror B37’s book deal following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Click here.

Rhonda Lee

Rhonda, 39, was thrust into the national spotlight when she was fired in 2012 from her job as a TV meteorologist after she responded publicly to a Facebook comment criticizing her natural hair. “I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair,” she wrote in response. She has remained an advocate for the natural hair movement. Click here.

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