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Grace Lee Boggs, 100 (1915 - 2015)
Grace Lee Boggs, a longtime activist who was part of the labor, civil rights, black power, women's rights and environmental justice movements, died Monday at her Detroit home, The Associated Press reported. She was 100. Boggs and her late husband, James Boggs, were involved in advocacy for decades. She helped organize a 1963 march in Detroit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the November...
Helen Burns Jackson, 92 (2015)
Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights activist, has died at 92, according to The Associated Press. Jackson told The Associated Press that his mother died early Monday in her longtime hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. She had been in failing health for some time, he said. "She was an incredible woman blessed with a long life," Jackson said. Jackson...
Amelia Boynton Robinson, 104 (1911 - 2015)
Amelia Boynton Robinson, a U.S. civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the Selma, Alabama, civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in that southern state, died Wednesday at 104, The Associated Press reported, attributing the information to her son Bruce Boynton. Boynton Robinson was among those beaten...
Julian Bond, 75 (2015)
Lifelong civil rights activist and former board chairman of the NAACP Julian Bonds has died. His death was announced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the legal advocacy group he helped co-found. The Associated PressFORT WALTON BEACH, Florida (AP) — Julian Bond, a U.S. civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, a group that fights discrimination against black people,...
Sarah Kemp Brady (2015)
By KASEY JONES, The Associated PressSarah Kemp Brady, who became an activist for gun control after her husband was shot in the head in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Friday.Brady, 73, died in a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia, after battling pneumonia, family members said in an email.Brady's husband, former White House Press Secretary James Brady, died Aug...
Hayley Okines, 17 (1997 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — A campaigner who raised awareness of the rare genetic condition progeria, which causes those affected to age about eight times faster than average, has died at age...
Neil Alexander (2015)
The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Alexander, a financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease...
Arnett Doctor (2015)
The Associated PressSPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Arnett Doctor, a key figure responsible for securing reparations for victims of the Rosewood massacre, has died in the Tampa Bay area following a long...
Bernhard "Buddy" Elias, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Bernhard "Buddy" Elias, the first cousin and last close relative of teenage Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, has died at age 89.The Anne Frank Fonds said Wednesday...
Curtis Gans (2015)
By BEN NUCKOLS, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Curtis Gans, a liberal activist, journalist and recognized expert on voter turnout in the United States, has died. He was 77. Gans, a...
Rev. Willie Barrow, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By JASON KEYSER, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Willie Barrow, a front-line civil rights fighter for decades and a mentor to younger generations of activists, died Thursday in...
Niki Quasney (2015)
The Associated PressMUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A terminally ill woman whose desire to have her same-sex marriage recognized by Indiana before she died helped galvanize efforts to overturn the state's gay...
Reie Lopez Tijerina, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a champion of Chicanos' land-rights claims and the leader of a group that raided a northern New Mexico courthouse nearly 50 years...
Bess Myerson, 90 (1924 - 2014)
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America and a New York political force until a series of scandals dubbed the "Bess Mess" forced her...
Martin Litton, 97 (1917 - 2014)
The Associated PressPORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Martin Litton, a bold whitewater navigator and even bolder advocate for preserving the wildlands of the American West, has died at age 97.Litton...
Raul Alvarez Garin (2014)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Raul Alvarez Garin, a leader in the 1968 student uprising that culminated in the massacre of protesters in Mexico City, has died at age 73.Alvarez Garin died...
Lily McBeth (2014)
WAYNE PARRY, The Associated PressLITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Lily McBeth, the teacher whose battles with school boards in conservative areas of New Jersey made her a reluctant symbol of the...
Jay Holcomb (2014)
CHANNING JOSEPH, The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jay Holcomb, who led bird-rescue efforts at some of the world's biggest oil spills during his leadership at International Bird Rescue, has...
Karen DeCrow, 76 (1937 - 2014)
MICHAEL R. SISAK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Celebrated activist and civil rights lawyer Karen DeCrow, who led the National Organization for Women in the 1970s, died Friday at her home...
Yuri Kochiyama, 93 (1921 - 2014)
PAUL ELIAS, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, whose photograph famously appeared in Life magazine showing her cradling the head of Malcolm X moments...
Storme DeLerverie, 93 (1920 - 2014)
DEEPTI HAJELA, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Storme DeLarverie, a lesbian activist who took part in the New York Stonewall riots in 1969 that started the gay rights movement in the United...
Vincent Harding, 82 (1931 - 2014)
DONNA BRYSON, The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — In March of 1967, taking note of anti-war protests at his alma mater, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sent a telegram care of Vincent Harding to the "men...
Billy Frank, Jr., 83 (1931 - 2014)
GENE JOHNSON, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — From the time he was first arrested, at the age of 14, for fishing near his home, Billy Frank Jr. had been a fierce and tireless champion for...
Bassem Sabry, 32 (2014)
MAGGIE MICHAEL, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Bassem Sabry, one of Egypt's most respected bloggers who campaigned for civil rights and against repression, has died. He was 32.Sabry was a well...
Vernita Gray (2014)
CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Vernita Gray, a gay rights activist who wed her partner in Illinois' first same-sex marriage, has died at age 65.Gray died late Tuesday of...
Melba Hernandez, 92 (1921 - 2014)
The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Melba Hernandez, who helped Fidel Castro launch his revolutionary battle with a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks and was later named a "heroine of the...
Henry Casso (2014)
RUSSELL CONTRERAS, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Henry Casso, a longtime civil rights leader in New Mexico who worked his way out of an orphanage to become a noted educational...
Arnold Pinkney (2014)
The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — A political strategist and civil rights activist who helped elect Ohio's first black congressman and managed Jesse Jackson's unsuccessful 1984 presidential...
Franklin McCain, 73 (1941 - 2014)
EMERY P. DALESIO, The Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Franklin McCain, who helped spark a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth's lunch...
Carter Camp (2013)
KRISTI EATON, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Carter Camp, a onetime activist with the American Indian Movement who was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota, has...