Our museum, the National Museum of Animals & Society, has been working on a new exhibit documenting the history of animal protection in America. (It'll debut in our new building in Los Angeles this spring.) By and large, it's more challenging to find historical stories about people of color who took the time and energy to advocate for animals, especially when they were fighting so hard for their own freedoms, such as with civil rights. But every now and then we discover some new anecdote and we just have to share it with the world.
People who care about one cause usually care about others too, so its no wonder that the Martin Luther King Jr family is comprised of animal lovers and vegetarians, including Loretta Scott KIng. Or take members of the political musical group Dead Prez, many of whom are vegan. But let's go back 100 years or so....
I assume you know the legendary Booker T. Washington?
Booker T. WashingtonPhoto credit: Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives