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

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Helen Caldicott (August 7, 1938)

            Helen Caldicott is a physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate who opposes the use of nuclear weapons power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear weapons, and war and military action. In 2009, she was an Honoree by the National Women’s History Project. Caldicott hosts a weekly radio program titled If You Love this Planet. In 1980, she founded the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, an organization to reduce and redirect government spending away from nuclear energy. She received the Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association in 1982. Caldicott wrote The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military Industrial Complex in 2001. She has been awarded and nominated for achievements such as, Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Australian Peace Prize, and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Furthermore, the Smithsonian Institution has named her one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

Marcus Garvey (August 17, 1887 – Jun 10, 1940)

            Marcus Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) and Black Star Line. The UNIA-ACL is a black nationalist fraternal organization for social, humanitarian, educational, charitable instrument to uplift Africans. Their motto embraced “One God! One Aim! One Destiny!”. In addition, Black Star Line, was a shipping line to transport goods and African Americans throughout the African global economy. It became an option for African Americans to get back to their homeland. Garvey pushed for global mass movement and economic empowerment of Pan-African philosophy.

Sudha Murthy (August 19, 1950)

Sudha Murthy is an Indian social worker and author. Her social work includes, founding several orphanages and programs to provide computers and libraries to schools under the Karnataka government. She has received numerous awards such as, Best Teacher Award in 1995 from the Rotary Club in Bangalore, National Award from Public Relation Society of India for Outstanding Social Service to the Society, Raja-Lakshmi Award for her contribution to social work, and more.


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