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Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • Dennis Banks, 80 (1937 - 2017)

    Dennis Banks

    Dennis Banks, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation, has died, his family announced Monday, according to the Associated Press. He was 80. For full coverage and obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Liu Xiaobo, 61 (1955 - 2017)

    Liu Xiaobo

    Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and China's most prominent dissident, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, of liver cancer, according to multiple international news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Venus Ramey, 92 (1924 - 2017)

    Venus Ramey

    Venus Ramey, the Kentucky-born winner of the Miss America Pageant who gave up a movie career to help inspire the U.S. World War II effort, died Saturday, June 17, 2017, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Gilbert Baker, 65 (1951 - 2017)

    Gilbert Baker

    Gilbert Baker, a gay rights activist and creator of the iconic rainbow flag, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at his home in New York City, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Ahmed Kathrada, 87 (1929 - 2017)

    Ahmed Kathrada

    Ahmed Kathrada, the South African anti-apartheid activist who was imprisoned for many years along with his close friend, former South African President Nelson Mandela, for resisting the apartheid system of white domination, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, according to his foundation. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here

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