CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF LEADERS FOR PEACE, JUSTICE, AND ECOLOGY Compiled by Dick Bennett, January 2013. A start. Whom should I add? All of these have appeared in OMNI’s “INMOtion” Monthly Newsletter.
JANUARY INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND JUSTICE HEROES BIRTHDAYS
January 8, 1885, A. J. Muste, one of our country’s greatest advocates of nonviolence and pacifism
January 11, 1885, Alice Paul, leader of radical wing of the
women’s suffrage movement
January 14, 1875, Albert Schweitzer, German humanitarian, Christian theologian, medical doctor in
January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1950s-60s Civil Rights leader
January 22, 1930, Hildegard Goss-Mayr, Austrian anti-war activist
January 27, 1938: Roy Bourgeois, M.M., founder School of the
protest, priesthood revoked for supporting women’s ordination
January 29, 1737, Thomas Paine, a father of US Revolution
FEBRUARY INTERNATIONAL PEACE, JUSTICE, ECOLOGY BIRTHDAYS
Frederick Douglass: Feb. 1818 (day unknown): leading slavery abolitionist
Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks, civil rights leader
Feb. 9, 1944, Alice Walker, writer
Feb. 14, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, founder League of Women Voters
Feb. 15, 1820, Susan B. Anthony, suffragist
Feb. 20, 1805, Angelina Grimke, slavery abolitionist
Feb. 22, 1900, Meridel LeSueur, feminist, writer, and justice activist
February 22, 1936, Nader Khalili, architect
Feb. 23, 1868, W.E.B. DuBois, early (post-slavery) civil rights leader
OUR PEACE, JUSTICE, ECOLOGY TRADITION
Theodor Seuss Geisel, 3-2-1904: author of “The Butter Battle Book”
Albert Einstein, 3-14-1897, physicist, anti-war
Sojourner Truth, 3-18?-1797? abolitionist
David Susuki, 3-24-1936, defending the planet
Gloria Steinem, 3-25-1934, women's equity and rights
Cesar Chavez, 3-31-1927, farm worker rights
April 8, 1898, Paul Robeson, actor, singer, Black liberation leader
April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson, founding father of
May 1, 1830, Mary Harris “Mother Jones”, American labor and community organizer
May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingale, founder of the modern nursing profession
May 12, somewhere around 400 BCE, Buddha, founder of Buddhism
May 19, 1925. Malcom X, advocate for rights of blacks
May 24, 1941, Bob Dylan, musician and reluctant figurehead for social unrest in the 60’s
May 31, 1819. Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist and journalist
June 27, 1869, Emma Goldman, anarchist and feminist
June 27, 1880, Helen Keller, author, lecturer, political activist,
July 6, Dalai Lama.
July 10, 1875, Mary McLeod Bethune, black educator and activist.
July 12, 1817. Henry David Thoreau, defender of the land and war protester.
July 14, 1912. Woody Guthrie, singer, song-writer for economic and social justice.
July 19, 1922: George McGovern, Presidential peace candidate, global food, full employment, and universal healthcare advocate.
July 22, 1849: Emma Lazarus, author of “Colossus” poem on Statue of Liberty
July 30, 1919. Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chronicler.
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 8-7-1890: Wobbly, agitator, founder of ACLU
Robert Redford, 8-18-1937: actor, environmentalist, filmmaker
Henry Bergh, 8-29-1813: founded ASPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Jane Addams, 9- 6-1860, social reformer
Oscar Arias, 9-13-1940, Nobel Peace Prize
Margaret Sanger, 9-14-1883, birth control advocateHenry Salt, 9-20-1851, advocate of animal rights and vegetarianism
Jimmy Carter, Oct. 1, 1924, founder of
for peace and justice Carter Center
Nat Turner, Oct. 2, 1800, led slave revolt
Gandhi Oct. 2, 1869
Fannie Lou Hamer, Oct. 6, 1917, civil rights activist
Joe Hill, Oct. 7, 1879, IWW organizer and songwriter
Fridtjob Nansen, Oct. 10, 1861, great humanitarian little known in the
John Woolman, Oct. 19, 1720, Quaker
November 8, 1897: Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.
November 9, 1943: Roger Allen LaPorte. immolated himself in front of the UN against the Vietnam War, November 10, 1965.
November 12, 1815: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminist.
November 16, 1890: George SELDES. Investigative journalist, author of newsletter In Fact, 1940-50, opponent of Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
November 27, 1928: The Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam critic of successive Vietnamese governments.
November 28, 1757: William Blake, British poet on origins and cures of violence.
November 30, 1835: Mark Twain,
satirist of US and human follies, author of “War Prayer”. US
December 3, 1896: Guy F. Hershberger, leading N. American Mennonite peace thinker post-WWII
Dec. 11, 1922: Grace Paley, poet and peace activist
Dec. 14, 1852: Daniel De Leon, socialist scholar and labor organizer
Dec. 18, 1946: Stephen Biko, South African/Azanian leader of Black Consciousness Movement, tortured and murdered
Dec. 25, 1875: Jessie Wallace Hughan, a founder of War Resisters League