Celebrity Deaths in Activists

  • Jay Holcomb (2014)

    Jay Holcomb

    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 died in California. He was 63.Holcomb died in Modesto, surrounded by family and friends, Andrew Harmon, a spokesman for the wildlife organization, said in a statement Wednesday. The cause of death was...

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  • Karen DeCrow, 76 (1937 - 2014)

    Karen DeCrow

    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 near Syracuse. She was 76.Longtime friend Rowena Malamud confirmed DeCrow's death from melanoma.She said DeCrow, who started out as a journalist and was a prolific writer, was the "perfect model" for the...

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  • Yuri Kochiyama, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Yuri Kochiyama

    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 after he was shot, has died of natural causes in her Berkeley home. She was 93. Kochiyama's family said she died in her sleep Sunday. Among her many accomplishments during 50 years of work,...

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  • Storme DeLerverie, 93 (1920 - 2014)

    Storme DeLerverie

    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 States, has died. She was 93.DeLarverie died Saturday at a Brooklyn nursing home, said Lisa Cannistraci, a longtime friend and one of her legal guardians.Born in New Orleans in 1920 to a black mother and...

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  • Vincent Harding, 82 (1931 - 2014)

    Vincent Harding

    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 of conscience" at Morehouse commending their courage and calling them his inspiration.Days later in New York, King delivered one of his most stinging criticisms of American involvement in Vietnam....

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