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Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • Rev. Joseph Lowery, 98 (1921 - 2020)

    Rev. Joseph Lowery

    Rev. Joseph Lowery was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who helped Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Airickca Gordon-Taylor, 50 (2020)

    Airickca Gordon-Taylor

    Airickca Gordon-Taylor was the cousin of Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. Gordon-Taylor was the founder and executive director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, named in honor of Till's mother and providing education, enrichment, and empowerment to young people. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Lina Ben Mhenni, 36 (1983 - 2020)

    Lina Ben Mhenni

    Lina Ben Mhenni was a Tunisian internet activist who maintained the blog "A Tunisian Girl," where she documented a revolt against an oppressive regime and police violence. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Juanita Abernathy, 89 (1929 - 2019)

    Juanita Abernathy

    Juanita Abernathy was one of the last remaining civil rights leaders who were there at the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement. The wife of civil rights giant Rev. Ralph Abernathy, she was actively involved in the movement, especially as the Montgomery Bus Boycott lit a spark that brought nationwide attention to the civil rights struggle. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com,...

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  • Marca Bristo, 66 (1953 - 2019)

    Marca Bristo

    Marca Bristo, advocate for the disabled, who championed the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago, after a battle with cancer. She was 66. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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