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Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • Ozell Sutton, 90 (2015)

    Ozell Sutton

    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 from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Walter Leonard, 86 (2015)

    Walter Leonard

    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, click here.

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  • John Trudell, 69 (1946 - 2015)

    John Trudell

    John Trudell, American Indian activist, poet and actor, has died of cancer. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • 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

    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 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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