Please join us celebrating the birthdays of these notable figures and applaud them for their work in Social Justice.
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Larry Itliong (October 25, 1913)
Larry Itliong was a Filipino American labor organizer. He immigrated to the United States and organized West Coast agricultural workers to demand for equal wages in the 1930s. By 1965, Itliong was leading the AFL–CIO union Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and helped organize the Delano Grape Strike. The Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and National Farm Workers Association merged to form the powerful United Farm Workers in 1966. In 2010, California State University, Dominguez Hills honored Itliong with a mural.
Gandhi (October 2, 1869)
Gandhi is widely known as the leader of the nonviolent Indian independence movement in India. This nonviolent movement inspired civil rights movements and leaders throughout the world. He organized peasants, farmers, and laborers to protest discrimination and land taxes. Gandhi led campaigns to ease poverty, advocated for women’s rights, and building religious and ethnic amity nationwide.
Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884)
Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest American serving First lady of the United States. She advocated for gender equality, civil rights for African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of WWII refugees. In addition, she served as the United Nations’ first delegates and became the first chair of the UN Commission and Human Rights. Roosevelt has been recognized as “one of the most esteemed women in the world.”