Please join us in celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.
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Geoffrey Canada (January 13, 1952)
Geoffrey Canada is an American social activists and author. Canada serves as the president of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York, a nonprofit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem. The organization provides parenting workshops, children health programs, a pre-school program and three charter schools. Canada also serves as the chairman of the Children’s Defense Fund’s board of directors. The Children’s Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization that centers on child advocacy and research. As an author, Canada wrote, Fist Stick Knife Gun: A personal History of Violence in America, which shares his personal accounts of his childhood and the violence he experienced. His work also suggests how to alleviate violence in inner cities.
Maria Julia Hernandez (January 30, 1939 to March 30, 2007)
Maria Julia Hernandez was a human rights advocate who fought for the El Salvador civil war victims. She was also the founding director of Tutela Legal, a human rights office of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of San Salvador. Hernandez dedicated 30 years to gather evidence of massacres and individual killings and compiled a book of the dead. This book developed into an encyclopedia of political violence. In 1991, Hernandez was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award, a Catholic peace award.
Kailash Satyarthi (January 11, 1954)
Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights and education activist. He is an advocate against child labor who in 1980 founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a campaign for the rights of children. This campaigned has focused on ending child labor, human trafficking, fighting for the rights to education for all children. This organization has freed 85,000 children from servitude and assisted in their transition and rehabilitation. He has also been involved with the Global March Against Child Labor, a movement to end child labor. Satyarthi was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.