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Gilbert Baker, 65 (1951 - 2017)
Gilbert Baker, a gay rights activist and creator of the iconic rainbow flag, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at his home in New York City, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Ahmed Kathrada, 87 (1929 - 2017)
Ahmed Kathrada, the South African anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned for many years along with his close friend, former South African President Nelson Mandela, for resisting the apartheid system of white domination, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, according to his foundation. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here
Roger Wilkins, 85 (1932 - 2017)
Roger Wilkins, a civil rights activist, historian, and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Amy Bleuel, 31 (1985 - 2017)
Amy Bleuel, the founder of the suicide prevention organization Project Semicolon, died by suicide March 23, 2017. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Jill Saward, 51 (1965 - 2017)
Jill Saward, an English survivor of rape who went on to become an influential British campaigner against sexual violence, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, after having a stroke, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Phyllis Schlafly, 92 (1924 - 2016)
Phyllis Schlafly, a constitutional lawyer who successfully campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution during the 1970s, died Sept. 5, 2016, according to...
Helen Chavez, 88 (1928 - 2016)
Helen Chávez, the widow of longtime United Farm Workers of America leader Cesar Chávez, died June 6 of natural causes in Bakersfield, California, according to multiple news reports. For full...
Rosalie Chris Lerman, 90 (2016)
Rosalie Chris Lerman, Holocaust survivor and educator, died May 20, 2016 of natural causes according to multiple news sources. She was 90. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click...
Afeni Shakur, 69 (1947 - 2016)
Afeni Shakur, the mother of the late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, died May 2, according to multiple news sources. She was 69. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Christy O'Donnell, 47 (1968 - 2016)
Christy O'Donnell, a single mother with lung cancer who campaigned to get a right-to-die law passed in California last year, has died at the age of 47. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com,...
Ozell Sutton, 90 (2015)
Ozell Sutton, a longtime civil rights activist who marched alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 90. For full obituary and coverage...
Walter Leonard, 86 (2015)
Walter Leonard, the administrator who created an admissions process at Harvard University that was a framework for affirmative action has died at 86. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com,...
John Trudell, 69 (1946 - 2015)
John Trudell, American Indian activist, poet and actor, has died of cancer. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
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...
Helen Burns Jackson, 92 (2015)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Helen Burns Jackson, the mother of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, has died. She was 92. The Rev. Jesse Jackson told The Associated Press his mother died Monday morning...
Amelia Boynton Robinson, 104 (1911 - 2015)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and...
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. ...
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...
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...