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Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • 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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  • Frances Crowe, 100 (1919 - 2019)

    Frances Crowe

    Frances Crowe was a peace activist whose long career of protest stretched from 1945 until the final years of her life – including an arrest at age 98 for protesting a natural gas extension into a state forest. Crowe was in a wheelchair at the time. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Baxter Leach, 79 (2019)

    Baxter Leach

    Baxter Leach was one of the organizers of the Memphis sanitation workers who participated in a 1968 strike that attracted national attention and brought Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis, where he was assassinated. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Leah Chase, 96 (1923 - 2019)

    Leah Chase

    Leah Chase was the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," the owner of the legendary Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans who fed presidents and made space for civil rights leaders to meet and plan the movement. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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