Black History Month Profiles: Marsha P. Johnson, Drag Performer and LGBTQ Rights Activist

During Black History Month, Fair360, formerly DiversityInc is honoring a series of Black innovators and history makers such as Marsha P. Johnson who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout February to learn more about important figures.

Born: August 24, 1945, Elizabeth, New Jersey
Died: July 6, 1992, New York City
Best known for: being one of the instigators of the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 and therefore a central figure in the LGBTQ rights movement.

Who threw the first brick at Stonewall? Although the phrase has been an LGBTQ rallying cry ever since the 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, it’s hard to know for sure. However, Marsha P. Johnson, usually credited with making the move, was certainly one of the instigators of the uprising, and a prominent figure in the LGBTQ community.

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