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Gerda Lerner, pioneering scholar of women's, African-American history

Gerda Lerner, whose life went from Jewish radical activist in Austria to refugee from Nazism to prominent U.S. historian, passed away in Madison, Wisc., at the age of 92, this month.


Bernice Blohm Diskin, "Greatest Generation" communist, dies at 91

One of the last Communist Party USA members from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II, Bernice Blohm Diskin, passed away June 25 at age 91.


Reed Smith, leader for social justice, dies at 86

A lifelong peace and civil rights activist, he helped form the first integrated housing development in Waterbury in the 1950s.

Exonerated political prisoner, Geronimo Pratt, dies in Tanzania

Geronimo Pratt, a former leader of the Black Panther Party falsely accused, then imprisoned for 27 years, died June 3 in Tanzania.


Al Fishman, Michigan peace and justice champion, dies at 83

A Detroit City Council resolution mourning Fishman's loss called him "one of our city's finest peace, civil and human rights, and labor activists, advocates and champions."


Hundreds remember ReeAnne Halonen, 1943-2010

ReeAnne Halonen got her last wish. A Dixieland band on Nov. 14 led family and friends with trumpet and trombone blaring in a funeral procession up the street to a park two blocks from her home.


Latino civil rights pioneer Mario G. Obledo dies at 78

Mario Guerra Obledo, a son of Mexican immigrants who became a champion of civil rights and the first Latino official to head a California state agency, died Aug. 18 at age 78.


Ruth Emerson, civil rights leader

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Judges and lawyers, professors and educators, family and friends all spoke fondly of Ruth Calvin Emerson at the celebration of her life held at the New Haven Peoples Center on June 26.


Weathering racial storms, Lena Horne rose above

Lena Horne, an African American pioneer who fought for equality as an artist-activist, died May 9 at age 92. She is remembered as a crusader for civil rights and a symbol of black pride.


Frank Lumpkin, “Saint of Chicago,” dies at 93

Frank Lumpkin, the "Saint of Chicago" and life long fighter for worker rights, full equality and socialism, passed away March 1 at the age of 93.

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