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Leonard Lauder

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Leonard Lauder

Leonard Alan Lauder (born March 19, 1933)[2][3] is an American billionaire businessman, art collector and humanitarian. He is the chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.[4] He was chief executive officer until 1999. Today, Estée Lauder operates several brands in the cosmetic industry, including Estée Lauder, Clinique, MAC Cosmetics, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and La Mer. In April 2013, he promised his collection of 81 Cubist paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, consisting of 34 pieces by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque, 15 by Fernand Léger, and 15 by Juan Gris, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.[5][6] Lauder's net worth as of 2017 is estimated to be $10.1 billion. Biography Leonard Lauder is the elder son of Joseph and Estée Lauder and the elder brother of Ronald Lauder. His family is Jewish. He married Evelyn Hausner in July 1959.[7] They had two sons: William, executive chairman of the Estée Lauder Companies, and Gary, managing director of Lauder Partners LLC.[4 ...more...

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Cody A. Longo

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Cody A. Longo

Hollywood Heights is an American family drama, which aired on Nick at Nite and TeenNick from June 18 to October 5, 2012.[1][2][3][4] Loosely based on the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una estrella (To Reach a Star), the series follows aspiring singer-songwriter Loren Tate (Brittany Underwood), whose life changes forever when she crosses paths with her rock star idol Eddie Duran (Cody Longo).[1][3][5] Hollywood Heights was executive produced by six-time Emmy Award-winner Jill Farren-Phelps, and co-executive produced by Hisham Abed and Josh Griffith, who also served as head writer.[1] The series was announced in May 2012 as an international co-production between Sony Pictures Television and Televisa, the Mexican production company which owns the rights to the original telenovela.[1] As with the Latin American telenovela format, Hollywood Heights would run every weeknight at 9 p.m. EST through October.[1][6] Nick at Nite previewed the first episode several times starting on June 11, 2012, before the 80-episode li ...more...

2010s Nickelodeon shows

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James Lawson (activist)

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James Lawson (activist)

James Morris Lawson, Jr. (born September 22, 1928) is an American activist and university professor. He was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement.[1] During the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.[2][3] He was expelled from Vanderbilt University for his Civil Rights activism in 1960, and later served as a pastor in Los Angeles, California, for 25 years. Early life and education Lawson was born to Philane May Cover and James Morris Lawson, Sr., on September 22, 1928, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.[4] He was the sixth out of nine children.[5] He grew up in Massillon, Ohio. Both Lawson's father and grandfather were Methodist ministers. Lawson received his ministry license in 1947 during his senior year of high school.[6] While a freshman at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, he studied sociology. Because of his refusal to serve in the US military when drafted, he was convicted of draf ...more...

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Ada Celeste Sweet

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Ada Celeste Sweet

Ada Celeste Sweet Ada Celeste Sweet (born 23 February 1853) was an American reformer and humanitarian from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed her United States agent for paying pensions in Chicago, the first position as disbursing officer ever given to a woman by the US government. She established a strict system of civil service reform, which made her unpopular with politicians.[1] In addition to being the founder of the ambulance system for the Chicago police,[2] she found time to do literary and philanthropic work, and to labor for governmental reforms.[3] Early years and education Ada Celeste Sweet was born in Stockbridge, Wisconsin, 23 February 1853. Her father was Benjamin J. Sweet, a successful lawyer and later, a Wisconsin State senator. Her mother, née Lovisa L. Denslow, was a daughter of Elihu Denslow, and from the same place in New York as the Sweet family. There were several siblings including in 1854, Lawrence Wheelock; in 1858, Minnie; in 1865, Martha Winfred; a ...more...

Chicago Tribune people

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Lionel Rosenblatt

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Lionel Rosenblatt

Lionel Alexander Rosenblatt (born December 10, 1943) is a former American diplomat, Refugee Coordinator at the United States Embassy in Thailand, and President of Refugees International, an advocacy organization for refugees. Rosenblatt was one of the foremost advocates for resettling Indochinese refugees in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s. Early life Rosenblatt was the son of David B. and Carol Blumenthal Rosenblatt. His father was a nuclear scientist who worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory.[1] Rosenblatt graduated from Harvard College and attended Stanford Law School for a year before joining the Foreign Service of the Department of State. In the 1960s and early 1970s he was stationed in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.[2] He married Ann Grosvenor in April 1971.[3] Fall of Saigon In early 1975, Rosenblatt was one of a small group of officers at the State Department who pushed for the evacuation of significant numbers of Vietnamese associated with the U.S. war effort in South Vietnam. ...more...

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Richard Gelles

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Richard Gelles

Richard James Gelles is an American writer and sociologist. He is a former dean at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Rhode Island and holds the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence in the School of Social Policy & Practice.[1] He is the director for the Center for Research on Youth & Social Policy and co-director of the Field Center for Children's Policy Practice & Research. Gelles is an internationally acclaimed expert in domestic violence and child welfare. He was influential in the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. He is also on the board of directors for the nonprofit organization Pitch in for Baseball.[2] Education Gelles received a B.A. from Bates College in Maine in 1968. In 1970 he graduated with a M.A. in sociology in 1970 from the University of Rochester, and Gelles received a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in 1973. Publications Gelles is the author of the book, The Violent Home, which was the first s ...more...

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Rebecca Salome Foster

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Rebecca Salome Foster

Rebecca Salome Elliott Foster (October 24, 1848 - February 22, 1902)[1] was a missionary/prison relief worker known as the "Tombs Angel"[2][3] because she attended to criminals incarcerated at The New York Halls of Justice and House of Detention (otherwise known as "The Tombs"). Biography Rebecca Salome Elliott was born October 24, 1848, in Alabama, the daughter of John Howard Elliott and Margaret Adele Blue. She married Union Civil War General John Armstrong Foster on February 28th, 1865. US President Abraham Lincoln attended their wedding since Foster was a member of the presidential cabinet.[4] The Fosters had four children: Salome (Lomie) Elliott (1865), Marie Louise (1867), Jeanette Jennie (1873), and John (Johnnie) Armstong (1873). Rebecca's husband John Foster was a prominent lawyer and Republican politician in New York but eventually succumbed to alcoholism, abandoning his family two years before he died in 1890.[5] Rebecca supported herself and her family from the remuneration received as a city mi ...more...

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Ysabella Brave

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Ysabella Brave

Ysabella Brave is an American YouTube personality, artist, vocalist, singer and songwriter[1] signed by Cordless Recordings, a division of the Warner Music Group. She was discovered through the popularity of her YouTube channels, Ysabella Brave[2] and ysabellabravetalk.[3] Career Brave was signed as a recording artist for Cordless Recordings, an e-label of the Warner Music Group.[4] Brave is mentioned prominently in the book YouTube for Dummies, written by Doug Sahlin and Chris Botello and published by Wiley Publishing, ISBN 978-0-470-14925-6. Brave is also mentioned prominently in the book 15 Minutes of Fame: Becoming a Star in the YouTube Revolution, written by Frederick Levy, ISBN 978-1-59257-765-1. Brave, during her career as a singer, has worked as a fraud analyst for Yahoo! and studied at San Jose State University.[5][6] Brave was a finalist in the Miss Horrorfest 2006 contest and has had other show business experience throughout her life.[7] YouTube videos Brave is a YouTube personality.[8] She ...more...

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Charles D Martin

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Charles D Martin

The Reverend Dr. Charles Douglas (C.D.) Martin[1][2] (November 7, 1873 - March 1942) was a West Indian Moravian minister. He was born in St. Kitts, British West Indies to parents Joseph and Adriana Martin. He founded the Fourth Moravian Church in Harlem, New York in 1903. It was located at 124 West 136th Street, Manhattan. He called the church "Beth-Tphillah" which is Hebrew for House of Prayer.[3][2] In 1912, he was ordained as the first and only Black minister of the Moravian Church in the United States.[4] He presided over the church from July 1908 until his death in March 1942.[2] The church merged with the First Moravian Church in January 1968 to become the United Moravian Church.[2] Negro Silent Protest Parade Rev. Dr. Martin was active in, and an activist for, the black community that his church served. In 1917, for the NAACP's historic Negro Silent Protest Parade, he worked with the Reverend Hutchens C. Bishop as Secretary and President, respectively.[5] The gathering of thousands of Negroes, march ...more...

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Jennie Collins

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Jennie Collins

Jane "Jennie" Collins (1828–1887) was an American labor reformer, humanitarian, and suffragist. Orphaned as a child, she supported herself at 14 by working in the cotton mills, and later as a domestic and a seamstress. She was active in the abolitionist and labor movements, volunteered in military hospitals during the Civil War, and founded a charity for poor working women in Boston. In 1870, at the invitation of Susan B. Anthony, she addressed the National Woman Suffrage Association convention in Washington. The following year, she became one of the first working-class women in the United States to publish a volume of her own writings: Nature's Aristocracy; Or, Battles and Wounds in Time of Peace. A Plea for the Oppressed. Biography Early life Jennie Collins was born into poverty in Amoskeag, New Hampshire (now part of Manchester), in 1828. Orphaned as a child, she was raised by her Quaker grandmother, who died when Jennie was 14. Left to fend for herself, she worked for some time in the cotton mills of La ...more...

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Germany Kent

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Germany Kent

Germany Kent (born Evelyn LaShawn Palmer on July 29, 1975)[1] is an American print and television journalist, former beauty queen, author, actress, businesswoman, model, producer, activist and philanthropist. Kent, also regarded as a social media etiquette expert, has been featured in multiple major news publications, including INC. Magazine,[2] Fast Company,[3] Bloomberg Business, The Examiner, and various others.[4][5][6] She has made numerous media appearances, including segments on NPR, AOL.com,[7] in addition to appearing on Scripps' syndicated magazine show The List, ABC, the CW, FOX, CBS and NBC.[8][9] Kent has authored ten nonfiction books (The Hope Handbook Series),[10] best-selling written work (The Hope Handbook) and her most recent multiple award-winning book (You Are What You Tweet), about social media ethics, which maintains a 4.7 rating on Goodreads.[11] Early life Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Kent is the daughter of Lula Palmer, a businesswoman and politician,[12] and Charles Palmer, a ...more...

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Mark Ruffalo

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Mark Ruffalo

Mark Alan Ruffalo (; born November 22, 1967) is an American actor, producer, and political activist who made his screen debut in an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse (1989), followed by minor film roles. He was part of the original cast of This Is Our Youth (1996). Following were his roles in 13 Going on 30 (2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Zodiac (2007) and What Doesn't Kill You (2008). In 2010, he starred in the psychological thriller Shutter Island and the comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right. For the latter, he received nominations for the SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also co-starred in the mystery films Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2 as FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes.[1] Ruffalo gained international prominence by portraying the Marvel Comics character Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Aven ...more...

American film directors of Italian descent

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Samuel A. Tamposi

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Samuel A. Tamposi

Samuel A. Tamposi (August 31, 1924 – May 25, 1995) was a prominent real estate developer, entrepreneur, humanitarian and Republican Party activist from New Hampshire. He is best known for his work in the Nashua, New Hampshire and Citrus Hills, Florida areas, and for his friendship with Ted Williams, and association with the Boston Red Sox. Tamposi played an integral role in bringing many Fortune 500 companies to New Hampshire, such as Fidelity Investments, Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, Raytheon, Sylvania, Sun Chemical, Kollsman Instrument and Honeywell. Biography Samuel Tamposi was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1924 to Romanian parents who came to the United States.[1] Though Tamposi grew up on a farm, his interests soon shifted to sales. In the mid 1950s, when Nashua’s Textron plant shut down, Tamposi moved his business to real estate, investing most of his money in an abandoned building. He later sold the building and used the capital to develop a building for McCallister Scientific.[2] Tamposi met Gera ...more...

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Frederick Asbury Cullen

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Frederick Asbury Cullen

The Reverend Frederick Asbury (F.A.) Cullen (c. 1868 – May 25, 1946) was an Methodist minister, community and civil rights activist based in Harlem, New York City. He supported legal and social protests, and was influential in working with the youth of his community. His parents were Isaac and Emmeline Williams Cullen.[2] They were both slaves.[3] It is said[2] that his religious awakening occurred at Baltimore's Sharp Street Methodist Episcopal Church, in September 1894. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1900 in Delaware County, Maryland.[1](The Methodist Episcopal Church was the forerunner of the Methodist Church (1939) and the United Methodist Church (1968).) He successfully led a two church circuit in Catlin, Maryland from 1900 to 1902. Later, he was assigned to St. Mark's Church, a congregation of mostly Black parishioners in New York's East Village. The church had a storefront mission in Harlem, Salem Chapel. He reached out to children as a means of getting their parents involved in the churc ...more...

History of African-American civil rights

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Hutchens Chew Bishop

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Hutchens Chew Bishop

The Reverend Dr. Hutchens Chew (H.C.) Bishop (1859[1] - May 17, 1937[3]) was an Episcopal Priest who spent most of his career in New York City. He was rector of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Harlem for 47 years. The church is the oldest black Episcopal parish in New York. The church was founded by abolitionists who laid the first stone in 1819. He was born in Maryland, the son of William Henry Bishop III (1824-1906) and Elizabeth Chew Bishop (d. 1886), into an old and respected Episcopal family.[1] His grandfather, William Bishop (1802-1870) was one of the twelve wealthiest men in Annapolis.[4] His great-grandmother was Charity Folks, a notable Annapolis woman who lived there both as someone's property, a slave, and a property owning free woman.[4] In Protest and Progress: New York's First Black Episcopal Church Fights Racism, author John H. Hewitt writes,[1] For many years his ancestors were prominent in St. James Church in Baltimore. His father and older brothers and sisters were among the upper-class ...more...

History of African-American civil rights

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Frank Flanner

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Frank Flanner

Frank Flanner (December 5, 1854-February 17, 1912) was an American mortician, woodcarver, philanthropist and humanitarian. Early life and family Francis (Frank) William Flanner was born in Mount Pleasant, Ohio to Henry Beeson Flanner (1823-1863) and Orpha Annette Tyler (1824-1914). Frank came from a long line of Quakers and was raised in the small Quaker community of Mount Pleasant until he was 9 years old. His father served as a musician in the 113th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, an infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Upon the death of Henry Beeson Flanner in 1863, Frank, his mother and five siblings moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] Frank Flanner married Mary Ellen Hockett, a school teacher and actress, in Marion, Indiana in 1886. The couple had three daughters Janet Flanner, Marie Flanner and Hildegarde Flanner.[2][3] Career Despite his education as a Latin teacher, Flanner opened a funeral parlor in downtown Indianapolis and became Indiana's first licensed embalmer in 1881. ...more...

19th-century American people

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Andrew Brunson

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Andrew Brunson

Andrew Craig Brunson (born January 3, 1968) is an American pastor and a teaching elder of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Brunson was arrested in Turkey, where he had lived since the mid-1990s, in October 2016 during the purges occurring after the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, along with the arrests of tens of thousands of Turkish military personnel, civil servants, educators, academics, dissidents, and journalists.[4][5] Brunson is an evangelical pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church, a small Protestant church with about 25 congregants.[1] T-Online describes the church as having been held in a room in a tenement. On September 28, 2017, Erdoğan unsuccessfully proposed exchanging Brunson for Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic preacher accused of supporting the coup attempt from his exile in the United States.[6] On July 26, 2018, US Vice President Pence called on Erdoğan to release Brunson or face significant sanctions.[7][8] On August 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Treasury ...more...

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Eva Longoria

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Eva Longoria

Eva Jacqueline Longoria Bastón[1][2][3] (born March 15, 1975)[4] is an American actress, producer, director, activist and businesswoman. After a series of guest roles on several television series, Longoria was first recognized for her portrayal of Isabella Braña on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, on which she starred from 2001 to 2003. She is perhaps best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives, which ran from 2004 to 2012 and for which she received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. She has also appeared in The Sentinel (2006), Over Her Dead Body (2008), For Greater Glory (2012), Frontera (2014), Lowriders (2016) and Overboard (2018). From 2015 to 2016, Longoria starred as Ana Sofia Calderón on the short-lived NBC sitcom Telenovela, and served as an executive producer for the Lifetime television series Devious Maids. She has also been involved with social issue documentaries as an Executive Producer including Food Cha ...more...

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José Andrés

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José Andrés

José Ramón Andrés Puerta (born 13 July 1969), known as José Andrés, is a Spanish-American[1] chef often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to America.[2] He owns restaurants in Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; South Beach, Florida; Frisco, TX, and Dorado, Puerto Rico. Andrés is chair of the advisory board for LA Kitchen,[3] a social enterprise in Los Angeles that works to reduce food waste, provide job training, and increase access to nutritious food. He was awarded a 2015 National Humanities Medal at a 2016 White House ceremony.[4] Early life José Ramón Andrés Puerta was born on 13 July 1969 in Mieres, Principality of Asturias, Spain.[5] Early in his career, he trained under Ferran Adrià at the restaurant elBulli, working three years from 1988 to 1990.[6] He arrived in the United States in 1991, originally in New York City, but soon after his arrival moving to Washington DC to start his first tapas restaurant, Jaleo.[5] Culinary career Beginning in the fall of 2010, Andrés ta ...more...

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Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou ( (listen);[1][2] born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.[3] Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was an actress, writer, director, a ...more...

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Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933), also known as "Q", is an American record producer, musician, composer, and film producer.[2] His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry, a record 79 Grammy Award nominations,[3] 27 Grammys,[3] and a Grammy Legend Award in 1992. Raised in Chicago, Jones attended the Berklee College of Music. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a jazz arranger and conductor before moving on to work in pop music and film scores. In 1969, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for "The Eyes of Love" from the Universal Pictures film Banning. Jones was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the 1969 film In Cold Blood, making him the first African American to be nominated twice in the same year. In 1971, he became the first African American to be the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. In 1995, he was ...more...

Grammy Legend Award

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Paul Robeson

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Paul Robeson

Paul Leroy Robeson ( ROHB-sən;[1][2] April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism. Educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University, he was also a star athlete in his youth. He also studied Swahili and linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 1934.[3] His political activities began with his involvement with unemployed workers and anti-imperialist students whom he met in Britain and continued with support for the Loyalist cause in the Spanish Civil War and his opposition to fascism. In the United States he also became active in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. His sympathies for the Soviet Union and for communism, and his criticism of the United States government and its foreign policies, caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. In 1915, Robeson won an academic scholarship to Rutgers College, w ...more...

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Mary MacMakin

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Mary MacMakin

Mary MacMakin is an American aid worker who has worked predominantly in Afghanistan for women's rights since 1961. MacMakin founded PARSA, the organisation for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Support of Afghanistan in 1998, and continued to work with it even after the Taliban deported her from the country. Career Mary MacMakin's humanitarian career was inspired by the 1940 United States presidential campaign of Republican Wendell Willkie.[1] She moved to Afghanistan in 1961, working as a humanitarian. Under the Taliban, this became work to promote the rights of women.[2] MacMakin founded PARSA, the organisation for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Support of Afghanistan, in 1998. This helped women work by setting them up in small cottage industries such as weaving silk scarves.[3] In 2000, she was at first arrested by the Taliban,[4] who then deported her after accusing her of spying and spreading anti-government propaganda. She was flown to Pakistan by the Red Cross.[5] She was then set up in Peshaw ...more...

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Bea Gaddy

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Bea Gaddy

Beatrice "Bea" Gaddy (1933–2001) was a Baltimore city council member and a leading advocate for the poor and homeless. Known locally as the "Mother Teresa of Baltimore," she was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2006.[1] Early life and education Beatrice Frankie Fowler was born in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in 1933. She grew up in poverty, in a violent home. By the age of 25, she had been divorced twice and was the mother of five children, occasionally living on welfare. She and her children moved to New York City, where she worked for several years as a housekeeper.[1] In 1964, the family moved to Baltimore. While working and raising a family, Gaddy enrolled in mental health courses at Catonsville Community College. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in human services from Antioch University in 1977.[1] Career Gaddy joined the staff of the East Baltimore Children's Fund in the early 1970s, offering the use of her home as a distribution center for food and clothing for the poor.[1 ...more...

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Esther R. Sanger

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Esther R. Sanger

Esther R. Sanger (1926–1995) was the founder of two nonprofit organizations: the Quincy Crisis Center, based in Quincy, Massachusetts, and the Mary–Martha Learning Center in Hingham, Massachusetts. After her death, the organization that runs both centers was named the Esther R. Sanger Center for Compassion. She was known locally as the "Mother Teresa of the South Shore".[1][2] Biography Sanger was born Esther Hicks in 1926 and raised in foster homes. As a teen she happened to meet Bertha Munro, the dean of Eastern Nazarene College, who arranged for her to attend ENC's academy. She earned a literature degree at ENC and later trained as a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She married and raised three children while working part-time as a nurse and as a columnist for the Quincy Register.[1] Since her college days, Sanger had felt called to missionary service. She was in her fifties when she became extremely ill and nearly died. The experience motivated her to change her life; as she ...more...

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Brian J. Costello

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Brian J. Costello

Brian James Costello (born December 28, 1966) is an American historian, author, archivist and humanitarian. He is an 11th generation resident of New Roads, Louisiana, seat of Pointe Coupee Parish. He is three-quarters French and one-quarter Italian in ethnicity. Education He graduated from False River Academy in New Roads and from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a major in History and minor in English. He is a recognized, and one of the few remaining, speakers of Louisiana Creole French, having been immersed in childhood in the dialect spoken in Pointe Coupee Parish.[1] Work Costello is one of Louisiana's most published figures, having published as many as four books in one year. He is the sole author of 19 books, co-author of six books and numerous newspaper columns and features since 1987.[2] Among his co-authored works are Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735-1835, published by The Historic New Orleans Collection,[3][4] and New Roads and Old Rivers: Louisi ...more...

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Deborah Rodriguez (writer)

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Deborah Rodriguez (writer)

Deborah "Debbie" Rodriguez is an American author, hairdresser, and humanitarian, who creates safe spaces that provide women with a way out of domestic violence and chaotic circumstances. Biography In 2001, Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan as part of a group offering humanitarian aid after the fall of the Taliban. Soon after arriving, she became involved in the set up of a beauty school training program to certify Afghan women to work in and set up their own beauty parlors to give them a chance at financial independence.[1] She later opened a coffee shop in Kabul.[2] Rodriguez wrote two bestselling books based on her experiences in Afghanistan; The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and Kabul Beauty School.[3][4][5] At one point, Kabul Beauty School was slated to become a movie, with Sandra Bullock playing the lead.[5] Some controversy followed the publishing of Kabul Beauty School. In the book, Rodriguez portrays herself as the founder and main force behind the success of the beauty school. However, other wo ...more...

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Celeste Mergens

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Celeste Mergens

Days for Girls (DfG) is a global movement that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2008 by American woman Celeste Mergens.[1] After visiting an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, she discovered that menstruating girls stayed in their dormitories for days, sitting on cardboard to absorb their flow, because they could not afford feminine hygiene products. Her first response was to organize donations of disposable sanitary pads, but she realized that this was not a sustainable solution — and the girls had no way to dispose of used pads. [2] She then developed the idea of creating washable, reusable pads and providing the girls with a personal kit of all they would need to continue their schooling with hygiene and dignity.[3] By 2018, the DfG Kits (designed to last up to three years) and health education programs had reached more than one million girls and women in over 100 countr ...more...

American Latter Day Saints

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Brian Steidle

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Brian Steidle

Brian Steidle (born 1976) is a former Marine Corps captain, military and security operations expert, and author who had worked on publicizing the Darfur conflict in Sudan. Steidle wrote a book, The Devil Came on Horseback,[1] about his experience, which was turned into a documentary film that premiered at Sundance in 2007. Steidle has shared his experience in Darfur with heads of state in the United States and abroad, addressed the U.S. Congress[2] and the United Nations, and serves both as lecturer and advisor to several non-government organizations regarding their humanitarian efforts in Africa and other nations. Prior to his work in Darfur, Steidle, the son of a high-ranking U.S. Navy officer, served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003 as an infantry officer, completing his service with the rank of Captain. Work in Sudan After his service he took a contract in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan working for the Joint Military Mission, a collaboration between 12 European nations, the US and Cana ...more...

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Peter L. Pond

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Peter L. Pond

The Reverend Peter Lawrence Pond (1933–2000) was a New England clergyman, activist and philanthropist who worked with Cambodian orphans on the Thai-Cambodian border. He was Executive Director of the Providence-based Cambodian Crisis Committee and was a co-founder of the Thai Friends Relief Foundation as well as the Inter-Religious Mission for Peace in Cambodia. Early career Born to a prominent family in Milford, Connecticut on February 13, 1933, Pond was named after his ancestor, the explorer Peter Pond. He described his childhood with his divorced father as "deprived of love" and said that this deprivation shaped his desire to help others. He attended The Rectory School and the Pomfret School, and graduated from Yale in 1954 with a degree in American Studies and, against his father's wishes, he entered Yale Divinity School in 1955.[1] As a divinity student he flew to Hungary in 1956 to establish a camp for children displaced by the violence of the Hungarian Revolution. After graduating in 1960 he worked w ...more...

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Carroll D. Osburn

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Carroll D. Osburn

Carroll D. Osburn, an American scholar recognized as one of North America’s leading New Testament textual critics and a prominent Christian egalitarian, is Carmichael-Walling Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Abilene Christian University,[1] and former Executive Director, Caris Foundation. As an author, he has been collected primarily by libraries.[2] Education Osburn graduated from Harding University, where he was president of the senior class and received a BA in 1963, with majors in biology and Greek. He received the MTh in 1968 from Harding School of Theology. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1970 with the DDiv [now DMin] degree, he received his PhD in New Testament and early Byzantine Greek from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1974. Academic career From 1973-1983, Osburn served as Professor of Greek and New Testament at Harding School of Theology.[3] To students primarily from Churches of Christ for whom the use of scripture was dogmatic proof-texting, Osburn emphasized li ...more...

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Helene D. Gayle

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Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle (born August 16, 1955), is an American doctor who is the CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations. The Trust works with donors, nonprofits, community leaders and residents to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that improve the quality of life for the residents of the Chicago region. She was president and CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative (now McKinsey.org) and the humanitarian organization CARE from 2006 to 2015.[1] Gayle previously directed the HIV, TB, and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and spent 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focusing primarily on HIV/AIDS.[2] Gayle also served as chair of the Obama administration's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.[3] She has been called one of the top female leaders and global thinkers in the world.[4][5] She has also been listed as one of the most powerful 100 women in the world by Forbes.[6] Biography Gayle was born a ...more...

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Harry Frank Guggenheim

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Harry Frank Guggenheim

Guggenheim and Jimmy Doolittle circa 1928-1930 Harry Frank Guggenheim (August 23, 1890 – January 22, 1971) was an American businessman, diplomat, publisher, philanthropist, aviator, and horseman. Life He was born August 23, 1890, in West End, New Jersey to Florence Shloss and Daniel Guggenheim. He graduated in 1907 from the Columbia Grammar School in Manhattan, and then he attended the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University. He later left Yale and served a three-year apprenticeship at the American Smelting and Refining Company in Mexico. The company was owned by the Guggenheim family. He resumed his education in 1910 at England's Pembroke College at Cambridge University. He earned his B.A. and an M.A. from Cambridge, both in 1913. In 1917 he bought a Curtiss flying boat and moved to Manhasset, New York. In September 1917 he joined the United States Navy Reserve and served overseas in France, England and Italy as a member of the First Yale Unit during World War I.[1] In 1924, his parents establish ...more...

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Craig Juntunen

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Craig Juntunen

Craig Juntunen (born December 12, 1954) is a former professional football quarterback who played two seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played college football at the University of Idaho. After a successful career in business, Juntunen sold his company at age 43 and retired; he is an advocate for international adoption reform.[1] Early years Juntunen attended Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California,[2] and graduated in 1974. College career Juntunen began his college football career nearby at De Anza Junior College in Cupertino, west of San Jose.[3] Sight unseen, he transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1976 to play for head coach Ed Troxel,[3][4] splitting time with Rocky Tuttle at quarterback for the Vandals as a junior.[5] Idaho was 7–4 that season, at the time one of the best records in school history. As a senior in 1977, Juntunen was a co-captain and the team's offensive MVP, completing 52.7 percent of his pas ...more...

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Bill Ritter

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Bill Ritter

August William Ritter (born September 6, 1956) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 41st Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Before his election in 2006, he served as the district attorney for Denver. He was the first native-born Governor of Colorado since 1975, as well as being the first Democratic governor to serve with a Democratic majority in the Colorado General Assembly in 50 years. Ritter did not run for a second term as Colorado Governor in 2010.[1] He was replaced by fellow Democrat John Hickenlooper. Early life and childhood Ritter was raised on a farm in Aurora, Colorado with 11 brothers and sisters; he was sixth-oldest. He attended Gateway High School while he lived in Aurora. He also attended St. Anthony Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas from 1970-72. Ritter's father, Bill, was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry. His mother, Ethel, was a homemaker until the family began to struggle economically and she ...more...

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Zafra M. Lerman

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Zafra M. Lerman

Zafra M. Lerman is an American chemist, educator, and humanitarian. She is the President of the Malta Conferences Foundation, which aims to promote peace by bringing together scientists from otherwise hostile countries to discuss science and foster international scientific and technical collaboration.[1] From 1986 to 2010, she chaired the American Chemical Society's Subcommittee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights.[2][3] She has been successful in preventing executions, releasing prisoners of conscience from jail and bringing dissidents to freedom.[4] She is the recipient of many awards for education and science diplomacy, including the 1999 Presidential Award from U.S. President Clinton,[5] the 2005 Nyholm Prize for Education from the Royal Society of Chemistry (England),[6] the 2015 Science Diplomacy Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),[7] and the 2016 Andrei Sakharov Award for human rights from the American Physical Society (APS).[8] Early career Lerman received a ...more...

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Cindy McCain

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Cindy McCain

Cindy Lou Hensley McCain (born May 20, 1954)[1] is an American businesswoman, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is the widow of United States Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from Arizona. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, as the daughter of wealthy beer distributor Jim Hensley. After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California, she became a special education teacher. She married John McCain in 1980 and the couple moved to Arizona in 1981, where her husband was elected to the United States Congress the following year and reelected five more times. The couple had three children together, in addition to adopting another. From 1988 to 1995, she founded and operated a nonprofit organization, the American Voluntary Medical Team, which organized trips by medical personnel to disaster-stricken or war-torn third-world areas. Upon her father's death in 2000, she inherited majority control and became chair of Hensley & Co., one of ...more...

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Cyndi Lauper

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Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist.[2][3] Her career has spanned over 40 years.[3] Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop," and "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one single "True Colors" and "Change of Heart," which peaked at number three. Since 1989, Lauper has released nine studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues, became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for best original score for ...more...

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Frank Laubach

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Frank Laubach

Frank Charles Laubach (September 2, 1884 – June 11, 1970), from Benton, PA was a Congregational Christian missionary educated at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a mystic known as "The Apostle to the Illiterates." In 1915 (see Laubach, Thirty Years With the Silent Billion), while working among Muslims at a remote location in the Philippines, he developed the "Each One Teach One" literacy program. It has been used to teach about 60 million people to read in their own language.[1] He was deeply concerned about poverty, injustice and illiteracy, and considered them barriers to peace in the world. In 1955, he founded Laubach Literacy, which helped introduce about 150,000 Americans to reading each year and had grown to embrace 34 developing countries. An estimated 2.7 million people worldwide were learning to read through Laubach-affiliated programs.[2] In 2002, this group merged with Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. to form ProLiteracy Worldwide. During the latter years of his life, L ...more...

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C. T. Vivian

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C. T. Vivian

Cordy Tindell Vivian, usually known as C. T. Vivian (born July 28, 1924[1]), is a minister, author, and was a close friend and lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. Vivian continues to reside in Atlanta, Georgia and most recently founded the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[2] President Barack Obama, speaking at the occasion of the anniversary of Selma to Montgomery marches in March 2007 at Selma's Brown Chapel A.M.E., recognized Vivian in his opening remarks in the words of Martin L. King Jr. as "the greatest preacher to ever live.”[3] On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama named Vivian as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The citation in the press release reads as follows: C. T. Vivian is a distinguished minister, author, and organizer. A leader in the Civil Rights Movement and friend to Martin Luther King, Jr., he participated in Freedom Rides and sit-ins across our country. Vivian also helped f ...more...

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Antonio José Martínez

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Antonio José Martínez

Antonio José Martínez (January 17, 1793[1] – July 27, 1867[2]) was a New Mexican priest, educator, publisher, rancher, farmer, community leader, and politician. He lived through and influenced three distinct periods of New Mexico's history: the Spanish period, the Mexican period, and the American occupation and subsequent territorial period. Martínez appears as a character in Willa Cather's novel, Death Comes for the Archbishop. Spanish period Martínez was born Antonio José Martín in Abiquiu in 1793, when New Mexico was a very isolated and desolate territory of the Spanish Empire. In 1804, the Martín family, including his father Severino and five siblings, moved to Taos, a prosperous outpost, where they came to be known as Martínez.[3] His mother was María del Carmel Santistévan of La Plaza de Santa Rosa de Abiquiú.[4] During his upbringing, Martínez's father taught him the importance of ranching and farming at the Hacienda Martínez in Northern New Mexico. In 1811, Martínez married María de la Luz, who died ...more...

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Charles D. Martin (minister)

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Charles D. Martin (minister)

The Reverend Dr. Charles Douglas (C.D.) Martin[1][2] (November 7, 1873 - March 1942) was a West Indian Moravian minister. He was born in St. Kitts, British West Indies to parents Joseph and Adriana Martin. He founded the Fourth Moravian Church in Harlem, New York in 1903. It was located at 124 West 136th Street, Manhattan. He called the church "Beth-Tphillah" which is Hebrew for House of Prayer.[3][2] In 1912, he was ordained as the first and only Black minister of the Moravian Church in the United States.[4] He presided over the church from July 1908 until his death in March 1942.[2] The church merged with the First Moravian Church in January 1968 to become the United Moravian Church.[2] Negro Silent Protest Parade Rev. Dr. Martin was active in, and an activist for, the black community that his church served. In 1917, for the NAACP's historic Negro Silent Protest Parade, he worked with the Reverend Hutchens C. Bishop as Secretary and President, respectively.[5] The gathering of thousands of Negroes, march ...more...

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Barry Cooper (lecturer)

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Barry Cooper (lecturer)

Photo of Barry Cooper, lecturer, human rights activist, and criminal defense expert witness. Barry Cooper (born May 21, 1969) is a world-famous drug expert and humanitarian who was once one of the nation’s top drug-enforcement police officers.[1] He experienced a shift in consciousness after experimenting with psychedelics, which led to his transformation. For over 12 years, Barry has worked as an activist, drug expert witness, drug consultant, life coach and psychedelic healer. He is the founder of NeverGetBusted, and owner of the Ayahuasca/Ibogaine TripToWellness Center located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Early life Cooper was raised in California until age ten when his family moved to Texas. He then began training dogs in obedience, hunting, and working with livestock. Cooper was also the pastor of a church for a number of years. Law enforcement years Cooper began his law enforcement career with the Gladewater Police Department as a police dispatcher. He was later hired by the Big Sandy Police Departm ...more...

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is a retired American actress who became a member of the British royal family upon her marriage to Prince Harry. Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is of mixed race. During her studies at Northwestern University, she began playing small roles in American television series and films. From 2011 to 2017, she played Rachel Zane, on the American legal drama series Suits. An outspoken feminist, Markle has addressed issues of gender inequality, and her lifestyle website The Tig featured a column profiling influential women. She represented international charity organisations in the 2010s. She has received recognition for her fashion and style, releasing a line of clothing in 2016. From 2011 until their divorce in 2013, Markle was married to actor and producer Trevor Engelson. In 2017, she announced her engagement to Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and moved to London. She retired from acting, closed her soc ...more...

Deal or No Deal

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Zhang Juncai

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Zhang Juncai

Zhang Juncai (born 1966) is one of the world's tallest people, standing at least 2.42 meters (7 ft 11 in) tall.[1] Biography Juncai is from Shanxi Province, China. He was verified as China's tallest man on 23 November 2010 at 2.42 meters (7 ft 11 in). Zhang went to the hospital in April 2009, to visit his friend, the 2.34-meter (7 ft 8 in) tallest living woman Yao Defen. References "Zhang Juncai". ...more...

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Alison Thompson

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Alison Thompson

This article may have been created or edited in return for undisclosed payments, a violation of Wikipedia's terms of use. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies. Alison Thompson holding her heart flag Alison Thompson has worked for the past 16 years as a full-time humanitarian volunteer.[1][2][3][4] Alison Thompson helping Syrian refugees off a boat. Biography Greece and Syria Since 2015, Thompson has been working on the island of Lesvos, Greece in the epicenter of the Syrian refugee Crisis where millions have fled the war zones of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Greece, she volunteers as a paramedic rescuing refugees along the Aegean sea including resuscitating children to healing bullet and torture wounds to those fleeing ISIS.[5][6] Thompson is also bringing innovative Solar lights to give to the Syrian women and children in the dark refugee camps.[7] The Origami 'fold up in your pocket' Solar Puff lights are important for the refugees living in the dark. Thompson has p ...more...

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Sister Jeanne Cashman

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Sister Jeanne Cashman

Sister Jeanne Cashman is the founder and executive director of Sojourners’ Place, a shelter in Delaware for homeless men and women that helps them to get on their feet.[1] Cashman founded Sojourners’ Place in 1991.[2] She took her vows in 1972 and became an educator in New York and at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. Seeing the need for an open ended time frame for homeless people to develop skills, she opened Sojourners’ Place where residents stay, on average, for six to eight months.[3] 70% of the people who stay with them after prison leave successfully.[1] She is also part of the Delaware “God Squad” that fights for interfaith acceptance.[4] Together with Rabbi Peter Grumbacher and the Lutheran Rev. David Mueller she team-teaches a class each February at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington.[4] References "Catholic organization helps ex-inmates adjust to life on the outside | Archdiocese of Baltimore". Archdiocese of Baltimore. 2012-01-19. Retriev ...more...

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James Martin (priest, born 1960)

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James Martin (priest, born 1960)

James J. Martin SJ (born December 29, 1960), also known as Jim Martin, is an American Jesuit priest, a writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America.[1] In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin as a consultant to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications.[2][3] Some of Martin's theological views, especially on homosexuality, are controversial in the Catholic Church.[4][5] Education and career Martin grew up in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States, and attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.[6] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982 and worked in corporate finance at General Electric for six years.[7] Dissatisfied with the corporate world, he became more deeply involved in the Catholic Church and decided to enter the Society of Jesus (more commonly known as the Jesuits) in 1988. During his studies to become a Jesuit priest, Martin earned a M.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1994, a M.Div. from the Weston Jesuit School ...more...

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Jack Hickel

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Jack Hickel

Jack E. Hickel (born October 1, 1950 in Anchorage, Alaska) is an American physician and humanitarian. Biography Hickel was born in Anchorage, Alaska, the fourth of six children (all sons) of Wally Hickel, former United States Secretary of the Interior under President Richard Nixon and two-time governor of Alaska.[1] His mother was Ermalee Hickel, noted Alaska humanitarian. He is married to Josie Hickel, president of commercial holdings for Chugach Alaska Corporation.[2] A graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Hickel spent 15 years during the 1980s and 1990s as a medical missionary in Swaziland.[3][4] In 1997, he returned to his home state of Alaska where he continues to practice as a family physician with the Alaska Native Medical Center. After a 2007 visit to the village of Old Fangak, Sudan (now South Sudan), Hickel helped found the Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP). Incorporated in 2008, the ASMP drills wells, offers training, promotes agriculture, and provides health care in a ...more...

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María Antonietta Berriozábal

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María Antonietta Berriozábal

María Antonietta Berriozábal (born 1941 A.D.) in Laredo, Texas, and raised in San Antonio is an American activist and author. In 1981, she became the first Hispanic woman to serve on the city council of San Antonio. She became a local activist for the Chicano movement aligning with notable members of the Raza Unida Party such as Rosie Castro.[1] She served for ten years as Councilwoman for District One of the City of San Antonio before running for mayor in 1991. In a campaign that garnered national attention, Berriozábal led a field of 11 candidates before being narrowly defeated in a run-off. [2] Her public service includes appointments as the U.S. representative to the Inter-American Commission for Women, an agency within the Organization of American States, and as a delegate to the United Nationals' Fourth World Conference in Beijing, China.[3] Early life and education María's grandparents moved to Laredo, Texas from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution of 1910[4] and the family moved to San Antonio in ...more...

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