Please join us in celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.
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Desmond Tutu (October 7, 1931)
Desmond Tutu is a retired South African Anglican bishop and social rights activist who fought against apartheid in South Africa in the 1980s. He has also advocated for human rights and campaigned to fight against HIV/AIDS, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Tutu gas received several recognition and honors such as, the Nobel Peace Prize, Pacem in Terris Award, Gandhi Peace Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dick Gregory (October 12, 1932)
Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory is an American Civil Rights activist, writer, and comedian. He performed primarily in black patronized night s clubs and was one of the first black comedians to gain fame performing for white audiences. In 1963, he spoke in Selma, Alabama on a public platform two days before the voter registration drive know as Freedom Day. Gregory also advocated against the Vietnam war and went on hunger strikes to condemn unemployment, police brutality, political corruption, and more.
Yeonmi Park (October 4, 1993)
Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector and human rights activist. Her family was politically connected until North Korea’s economy collapsed and they had to resort to black market trading. Her father was sent to a labor camp and her family faced starvation. As a result, In 2007, Yeonmi and her family escaped to China. Yeonmi now advocates for victims of trafficking and promotes human rights in North Korea. In 2014, she shared her experience at the One Young World Summit, an annual summit to develop solutions to global problems. In 2015, she published her memoir, In order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.