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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 cancer at the same Chicago home where she married Patricia Ewert in late November, family friend Jim Bennett told The Associated Press. Bennett was among friends who were gathered at the home when Gray...
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 Cuban Revolution," has died. She was 92.Communist Party newspaper Granma said Monday that Hernandez died the previous night of complications from diabetes.With her crown of snowy white curls, Hernandez...
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 scholar and a founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, died Tuesday. He was 82. Casso died at an Albuquerque hospital and had been suffering from a number of illnesses,...
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 campaign has died. Arnold Pinkney was 84.His wife, Betty Pinkney, says he died Monday at a Cleveland hospice after a recent hospitalization.Arnold Pinkney had a long career in Democratic political...
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 counter in 1960, has died, his son said Friday. He was 73.McCain died of respiratory complications late Thursday, Frank McCain of Greensboro said Friday.Franklin McCain was one of four freshmen students...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Anna Merz (2013)
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — A game reserve in Kenya plans to hold a memorial service next month for Anna Merz, a conservationist who sought to protect the...
Debi Austin (2013)
SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who smoked a cigarette through a hole in her throat to illustrate her struggle with nicotine addiction in a California public...
Pat Derby, 69 (2013)
The Associated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Hollywood animal trainer who trained Flipper and Lassie and later devoted her life to protecting performing animals after seeing widespread...
James Hood, 70 (1942 - 2013)
BOB JOHNSON, The Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama a half century ago in defiance of racial segregation has died....
Aaron Swartz, 26 (1986 - 2013)
VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a Reddit co-founder is blaming prosecutors for his suicide just weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he...
Spencer Cox (1968 - 2012)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — AIDS activist Spencer Cox, who helped form an organization to boost treatment research and recently appeared in a documentary about an AIDS coalition, has...
Richard Adams (2012)
ANDREW DALTON, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Adams, who used both the altar and the courtroom to help begin the push for gay marriage four decades before it reached the center of...