More than a century ago, educators in Atlanta were leading the way to what would become the modern civil rights movement. They were black and white, male and female, old and young. And they stood together against the dangerous forces of Jim Crow to make sure African Americans had the opportunity to learn.

Recently, local historian Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado – the Historican in Heels – brought those pioneering Atlanta luminaries back to life, using a photograph taken on the steps of Fountain Hall on the campus of Morris Brown College.