October 13 - C. Delores Tucker
C. Delores Tucker was an African American woman who founded the organization that became the National Congress of Black Women, among many "firsts" in her political and activist history. She worked for the rights of women and African Americans. In recent years, she'd taken strong stands against sexually-explicit lyrics in rap and hip-hop.
October 20 - Shirley HornJazz pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn began playing piano as a child prodigy, and won a 1991 Grammy. Like many women, she put her career on hold while her children were growing.
October 24 - Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks died just weeks before the 50th anniversary of her arrest for refusing to get up from her bus seat in the days of segregated transportation. She's best known for that event, triggering the Montgomery Bus boycott, but she was a civil rights activist before and after this key event.