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Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • 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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  • Hayley Okines, 17 (1997 - 2015)

    Hayley Okines

    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 17.The U.S.-based Progeria Research Foundation said Hayley Okines, from East Sussex in England, died Thursday at her home. It didn't provide more details.The group's executive director Audrey Gordon...

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  • Neil Alexander (2015)

    Neil  Alexander

    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 he fought to cure. He was 49.Alexander died Tuesday, officials at the Live Like Lou Center said. The center was formed last month to work toward a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the...

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