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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 marriage ban has lost her battle with cancer.Niki Quasney died Thursday, gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal said Sunday. She was 38.Quasney and Amy Sandler challenged Indiana's ban on same-sex...
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 ago, has died at age 88.Family representative Estela Reyes-Lopez said the prominent activist died Monday at an El Paso, Texas, hospital, of natural cases. Nephew Luis Tijerina also confirmed the death...
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 into obscurity, has died. She was 90.Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, California, according to the Los Angeles coroner's office and Department of Public Health Vital Records Office....
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 had been in hospice care and died Sunday at his home in Portola Valley, said Alison Sheehey, programs director at Sequoia ForestKeeper, where Litton was president.Litton was "active in protecting the...
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 Friday in the capital after a yearlong battle with cancer, according to a Facebook statement posted by the Committee of the '68 Pro Democratic Liberties. He founded the group to demand punishment for...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...