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Human Rights / Human Dignity

Steve Biko

Steve Biko

December 18, 1946 – September 12, 1977

Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre

Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre

Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre, a 26-year-old Mexican woman from Juárez, was passionate about clothing design, painting and social justice. She worked on gender-based violence with the women’s network Mesa de Mujeres. She also had been a member of Hijas de su Maquilera...

Fr. Pedro Casaldáliga

Fr. Pedro Casaldáliga

Pedro Casaldáliga was a Brazilian prelate of the Catholic Church. He was one of the best-known exponents of liberation theology. He was a forceful advocate in support of indigenous peoples. Casaldàliga co-founded the Conselho Indigenista Missionário in 1972, an organ...

Fr. Mariano Puga Concha

Fr. Mariano Puga Concha

Mariano Puga Concha was a Chilean Roman Catholic priest and a human rights activist. Born into wealth and prestige, Puga was exposed to extreme poverty in Santiago prompting him to abandon ambitions to become an architect to study for the priesthood. By 1972 he had...

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

Elijah Cummings was born the son of sharecroppers. He lived to serve 23 years as the Democratic Representative from Maryland’s 7th district. In that role, he was a steadfast opponent of racism and discrimination. His activism started at age 11 when he demonstrated to...

Almaas Elman

Almaas Elman

Almaas Elman was a Somali-Canadian humanitarian aid worker, the eldest daughter of a prominent family of humanitarian aid-workers. Her father was Elman Ali Ahmed, a pioneering peace activist who was also gunned down in 1996. The work of her family focused on social...