Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • Grace Lee Boggs, 100 (1915 - 2015)

    Grace Lee Boggs

    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...

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  • Helen Burns Jackson, 92 (2015)

    Helen Burns Jackson

    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...

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  • Amelia Boynton Robinson, 104 (1911 - 2015)

    Amelia Boynton Robinson

    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...

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  • Julian Bond, 75 (2015)

    Julian Bond

    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,...

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  • Sarah Kemp Brady (2015)

    Sarah Kemp Brady

    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...

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