Notable Activists Deaths

  • Vernita Gray (2014)

    Vernita  Gray

    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...

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  • Melba Hernandez, 92 (1921 - 2014)

    Melba Hernandez

    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...

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  • Henry Casso (2014)

    Henry Casso

    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,...

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  • Arnold Pinkney (2014)

    Arnold  Pinkney

    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...

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  • Franklin McCain, 73 (1941 - 2014)

    Franklin McCain

    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...

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