The Civil Writer Magazine

Although personality traits are inherited it has already been established that personality is partly linked to genetics. We know that parts of our personality, such as intelligence, is handed down through DNA from our parents and our teachers when we're growing up. For the most part, people start acting like their parents and start inheriting attributes from their parents when we're infants and toddlers. But genetically speaking, you're more like your dad. You may have inherited your mother's hair and eyes, but genetically speaking, you (use) more DNA passed down from your father. The mitochondria you received come from your mother, technically makes you more (related) to your mother than to your father.

Being socially consciousness, or socially aware, can come from both parents. It essentially means to be conscious or aware of the problems within a society or community. But it can also be an axiology observed behavior from the parents and their behaviors that are consistently copied.

Malcolm X copied his father an outspoken Baptist lay speaker, his father and his mother Louise were admirers of Pan-African activist Marcus Garvey.

Martin Luther King's copied his father and maternal grandfather who were Baptist preachers. His parents were college-educated, and King’s father had succeeded his father-in-law as pastor of the prestigious Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Angela Davis' father, Frank, owned a service station, but she copied her mother, Sallye, who taught elementary school and was an active member of the NAACP. Sallye would later pursue her masters degree at NYU and Davis would accompany her there as a teenager.

Thurgood Marshall copied his father, William Canfield Marshall, who worked as a railroad porter, and his mother Norma Arica (Williams), as a teacher; they instilled in him an appreciation for the United States Constitution and the rule of law. Marshall first learned how to debate from his father, who took Marshall and his brother to watch court cases.

The common denominator between Malcolm, Martin, Angela and Thurgood is they had at least one parent who was educated and an eloquent spokesperson. But Malcolm, Martin, Angela and Thurgood's civil rights molding was shaped by their environments of the 1950s - 1960s. How much of their parents DNA played a part in their character we will never know but the society they were born in played a big part.