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Jay Holcomb (2014)
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...
Karen DeCrow, 76 (1937 - 2014)
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...
Yuri Kochiyama, 93 (1921 - 2014)
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,...
Storme DeLerverie, 93 (1920 - 2014)
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...
Vincent Harding, 82 (1931 - 2014)
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....
Billy Frank, Jr., 83 (1931 - 2014)
GENE JOHNSON, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — From the time he was first arrested, at the age of 14, for fishing near his home, Billy Frank Jr. had been a fierce and tireless champion for...
Bassem Sabry, 32 (2014)
MAGGIE MICHAEL, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Bassem Sabry, one of Egypt's most respected bloggers who campaigned for civil rights and against repression, has died. He was 32.Sabry was a well...
Vernita Gray (2014)
CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — Vernita Gray, a gay rights activist who wed her partner in Illinois' first same-sex marriage, has died at age 65.Gray died late Tuesday of...
Melba Hernandez, 92 (1921 - 2014)
The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Melba Hernandez, who helped Fidel Castro launch his revolutionary battle with a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks and was later named a "heroine of the...
Henry Casso (2014)
RUSSELL CONTRERAS, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Henry Casso, a longtime civil rights leader in New Mexico who worked his way out of an orphanage to become a noted educational...
Arnold Pinkney (2014)
The Associated PressCLEVELAND (AP) — A political strategist and civil rights activist who helped elect Ohio's first black congressman and managed Jesse Jackson's unsuccessful 1984 presidential...
Franklin McCain, 73 (1941 - 2014)
EMERY P. DALESIO, The Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Franklin McCain, who helped spark a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth's lunch...
Carter Camp (2013)
KRISTI EATON, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Carter Camp, a onetime activist with the American Indian Movement who was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota, has...
Dr. Eyad Sarraj (2013)
IBRAHIM BARZAK, The Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Leading Palestinian human rights campaigner Dr. Eyad Sarraj, who dealt with the mental health damage caused by political oppression...
Merrell Williams, Jr. (2013)
BRUCE SCHREINER, The Associated PressLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing...
Merrell Williams , Jr., 72 (1941 - 2013)
BRUCE SCHREINER, The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing...
Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, 91 (1922 - 2013)
The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, the once-feared boss of Mexico's powerful oil workers union, died Monday at age 91, his sons said. Hernandez died after...
Jennifer Martin Neuman-Roper (2013)
The Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman who sued so she could marry her longtime partner this summer in one of a cascade of same-sex weddings in the state has died.Jennifer...
Francisco Mayoral (2013)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Francisco Mayoral, a noted defender of Mexico's gray whales and one of the country's earliest and most-experienced whale-watching guides, died of a stroke...
Evelyn Lowery (2013)
JEFF MARTIN, The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Evelyn Lowery, a pioneer in civil rights and women's empowerment and the wife of the Rev. Joseph Lowery, died Thursday at her home in Georgia, a...
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72 (1940 - 2013)
ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for...
Terrie Hall (2013)
MIKE STOBBE, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died Monday of cancer.Terrie Hall died...
Chin Peng (2013)
GRANT PECK, The Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) — The tough former communist guerrilla who led a bloody but failed insurgency against British rule in Malaysia in the late 1940s and early 1950s died in...
Darren Manzella, 36 (1977 - 2013)
The Associated PressPITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the Army after criticizing the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy in a 2007 television...
Sean Sasser (1969 - 2013)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A man who made history when he publicly exchanged vows with well-known gay partner and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora in the 1990s has died. Sean Sasser was 44.In...
Dmytro Groisman (2013)
The Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Dmytro Groisman, a pioneering Ukrainian rights advocate, has died after years of battling heart disease, his colleague said. He was 41.Groisman was one of...
Julius Chambers, 76 (1936 - 2013)
The Associated PressCHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney whose practice was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, has died, his law firm...
Garry Davis, 91 (1921 - 2013)
The Associated PressMONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — A man who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1948 and for the next six decades led a movement for global citizenship has died in the U.S., his...
Cynthia Brown (2013)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Activist Cynthia Brown, one of the guiding forces at the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch, has died at age 60 after fighting cancer. Brown...
Boruch Spiegel (2013)
VANESSA GERA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Boruch Spiegel, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful...