Mayor of Gary (1968-1988)
“Together, we shall beat a way; together, we shall turn darkness into light, despair into hope and promise into progress.”
Richard Hatcher was one of the first two African Americans to become mayor of a big city in the country. His young activism paved a way for a career fighting for civil rights and justice for those who had been oppressed.
United States Senator (1963-1981)
“I think we have a number of young people – like yourself – who want to make a difference.”
Birch Bayh served as a champion of young people representing Indiana in the United States Senate. His legacy lives on in young people across the nation thanks to his drafting of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment which lowered the voting age to eighteen.