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We remember those that have contributed to human rights or dedicated their lives to a cause.

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NameTribute Item Summary
Albie SachsAfter losing an arm and an eye in a car-bombing, anti-apartheid activist Albie Sachs wrote his way to recovery. He was subsequently integral to South Africa‘s reform and rebirth.
Anthony WalkerA-Level student Anthony Walker, aged 18, died in hospital after a gang of up to four white men attacked him in Huyton, Merseyside in July 2005.
Bertie LewisCome rain or shine, peace campaigner Bertie Lewis was a regular character in Bolton town centre every Saturday. He took up his spot near the charity canopy, wearing his old overcoat and medals and carrying his placard to promote peace throughout the world.
Brian HawA protester in Parliament Square since June 2001. He protests on behalf of those innocent people who suffer and die in other countries, as governments seek to further their political and strategic interests around the world.
Darcus HoweDarcus Howe, broadcaster, writer and civil rights campaigner, died aged 74. His family announced this in a statement: “Darcus died quietly and unexpectedly in his sleep on the evening of Saturday 1 April. Our private grief is inseparable from our public pride.”
Daryl DavisDaryl is a brave fellow who as an African-American interested in issues of race, has contacted a number of members of the Ku Klux Klan and interviewed them, often before tipping them off to his ethnicity.
Delbert TibbsOn November 23, 2013, the death penalty abolition movement lost a beloved family member and friend when Delbert, 74, passed away in his home in Chicago.
Elbert 'Big Man' HowardElbert “Big Man” Howard, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party, died in July 2018 at the age 80. His wife, Carole Hyams, says Howard died on Monday in Santa Rosa, California, after battling a long illness.
Gilly MundyGilly Mundy, senior caseworker with INQUEST, and ardent campaigner for human rights, has passed away after suffering a severe stroke. He was just 36 years old. Gilly’s friends and supporters have set up a memorial webpage.
Hugh ManesHugh R. Manes, a veteran civil rights lawyer who for 40 years fought for victims of police misconduct, died [in June 2009] at his Los Angeles home after a long battle with emphysema, according to his law partner.
John BowdenJohn Bowden was arrested in 1980, then a young man, for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1992, after years of brutality and repression, he managed to escape and was on the run from the police for a year and a half.
John La RoseAs a writer, publisher and political organiser, John’s contribution to the development of Black cultural expression in the UK cannot be rivalled.
Kelso CochraneOn 17th May 1959, Kelso Cochrane, a 32-year-old carpenter from Antigua, was killed by a group of white youths in Notting Hill Gate. No one was ever convicted.
Leslie ThomasLeslie Thomas has worked on a prodigious number of high-profile cases of deaths in custody during his 25-year career as a human rights barrister.
Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, into a royal family of the Xhosa-speaking Thembu tribe in the South African village of Mvezo, where his father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa (c. 1880-1928), served as chief. He died, aged 95, on December 5, 2013.
Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler was a German industrialist, former member of the Nazi Party and possibly the most famous "Righteous Gentile" who is credited with saving as many as 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. His story was brought to international acclaim by the 1982 novel Schindler's Ark and the 1993 film, Schindler's List.
Simon de BanyaAnyone who came across the activist and campaigner Simon De Banya would have been struck by two prominent aspects about him. Some might event say aspects that were impossible to seat side by side, but now with De Banya: this included his gentleness.
Steve CohenSteve Cohen, who died at the age of 63 on 8th March 2009, became a revolutionary socialist early in life, in the late 1960s.

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