July Birthdays

Please join us in celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.

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Malala Yousafzai  (July 12, 1997)

Malala Yousafzai is an education activist. She advocates for women to have the right to receive education in Pakistan. At the age of 11, she wrote a BBC blog describing her life under Taliban rule in Swat Valley, where the Taliban had banned girls from attending school. As a result of her activism she was shot, fortunately, she survived and has continued to speak out against the Taliban’s acts against women and education. In 2013, she was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” She won the Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize, Sakharov Prize and she was nominated for the World Children’s prize in Sweden.

Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993)

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991. Marshall is best known for the winning the high profile court case Brown v. Board of Education. This case argued for the desegregation of public schools. In 1940, he founded and became the executive director of the NAACP legal Defense and Education Fund. In this position, he argued civil rights cases. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Marshall to the United States Supreme Court. As a Supreme Court Justice, he supported Constitutional protection of individual rights, abortion rights, and opposed the death penalty.

Viola Irene Desmond (July 6, 1914 – February 7, 1965)

Viola Irene Desmond was a Black Nova Scotian who challenged racial injustice in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. In 1946, she refused to leave whites only area at the Roseland Theatre and was wrongfully convicted of a minor tax violation. This incident propelled the modern civil rights in Canada. Desmond’s refusal to obey racial segregation was nine years earlier than Rosa Park’s Montgomery Bus incident. Desmond was granted the first posthumous pardon in Canada and the government of Nova Scotia apologized for convicting her of tax evasion.

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