May Birthdays

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

*The Museum of Social Justice would like to hear from you! If there is a notable figure who was born in June and should be recognized in our Monthly Birthday posts, please feel free to email Please submit by May 15, 2017. The winner will receive a prize.

Edwin Bustillos Garcia (May 16, 1964 – February 21, 2003)

              Edwin Bustillos Garcia was a environmentalist and human rights activist from Sierra Madre, Mexico. He founded the Advisory Council of Sierra Madre, an organization addressing environmental issues and securing indigenous peoples’ rights in the region. The organization’s goal was to create five-million-acre community reserves to protect forest growth and indigenous communities. In 1996, he received the Goldman Environmental Prize and the Conde Nast Environment Award.

Diane Judith Nash (May 15, 1938)

              Diane Judith Nash is an American civil rights activist. She advocated for lunch counter integrations and participated in the Freedom Riders, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Selma Voting Rights Movement. In 1960, she was the leader for the Nashville sit- ins, a non-violent campaign to end racial segregation. Nash received the Distinguished American Award from John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation award in 2003 and the Freedom ward from the National Civil Rights Museum in 2008.

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