What is Civic Courage?

What is Civic Courage?

Civic Courage is when an individual or group of individuals act, advocate, organize or lead on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political, or professional risk. These individuals may not necessarily prevail in the short run, but their courageous actions guide our community toward better values and greater equity.

Perhaps the best way to define civic courage is by telling the stories of those individuals who best exemplified it in their lives. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Aki Kurose

Alice Augusta Ball

Andre Taylor

Bernie Whitebear

Bertha Knight Landes

Bob Santos

Chief Sealth

Clara Fraser

Danni Askini

Deborah Parker

Gordon Kiyoshi Hirabayashi

Hazel Wolf

Heather Purser

Helen Cecile Beck Stafford

Ijeoma Oluo

Jamie Pedersen

Jay Inslee

Jesse Hagopian

Katrina Johnson

Kshama Sawant

Larry Gossett

Lindy West

Margaret Murie

Maru Mora-Villalpando

Nettie Craig Asberry

Pramila Jayapal

Roberta Byrd Barr

Roberto Maestas

Rosalinda Guillen

Sharon McMurty

Trish Bostrom

Wing Luke