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Fallen Heroes of 2014


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Hundreds of social justice advocates and organizers passed away in 2014, leaving their work behind as their legacy, but often also leaving an irreplaceable hole in their movements.

In this week’s edition of Making Contact you’ll hear about the life and work of social justice leaders, many who spent their entire lives fighting for racial and economic justice, and though they’ve passed away they inspire us to do our work today.

Black Liberation activists like Chokwe Lumumba, Darby Tillis freed from wrongful conviction and imprisonment, Yuri Kochiyama anti-imperialist supporter for political prisoners, and young George Carter who was a “rethinker” of schools in New Orleans.

On today’s edition of Making Contact we honor and revisit the lives of just a few of those fallen heroes who passed away this year.


  • Chokwe Lumumba, former mayor of Jackson MS
  • Morgan Powell, Bronx River Sankofa founder
  • Charity Hicks, Detroit People’s Water Board co-founder
  • Darby Tillis, death penalty opponent
  • Yuri Kochiyama, civil rights activist
  • Ted Gullickson, San Francisco Tenants Union director
  • George CarterKids Rethink New Orleans Schools participant
  • Leslie Feinberg, author of Stone Butch Blues
  • Eddie Ellis, prison reform advocate
  • Mark Naison, Fordham University African-American history professor
  •  Lila Cabbil, Rosa Parks Institute president emeritus
  • Diane Fujino, author of Heartbeat of Struggle, the revolutionary life of Yuri Kochiyama
  • Taiyo Na, author
  • Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic executive director
  • Qasim DavisKids Rethink New Orleans Schools project manager
  • Perry Cobb, Darby Tillis’ co-defendant
  • Dr. Divine Pryor, executive Director of the center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions

Host: Andrew Stelzer

Producers: Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez, George Lavender

Contributing Producers: Wayie Ly

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Leslie Feinberg


WBAI Mourns Passing of Producer Eddie Ellis


Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions


Remembering Yuri Kochiyama- APEX Express


Heartbeat of Struggle, the revolutionary life of Yuri Kochiyama


Charity Mahouna Hicks joins the ancestors


Rosa Parks Institute


Detroit People’s Water Board


Darby Tillis, who fought wrongful convictions after he was freed, dies at 71


Bronx River Sankofa


With a Brooklyn Accent-Mark Naison


Teen killed in New Orleans believed in the power of food justice and gardens


Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools


Tenant ‘hero’ Ted Gullicksen has died


Tenderloin Housing Clinic


San Francisco Tenants Union


‘The Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba Must Not Be Buried With the Man’




Bronx River Sankofa Tour–bronx-tour-2012


Morgan Powell discusses The Bronx River’s Afro-American Heritage in 100 Pictures


Darby Tillis – “The Death Row Shuffle”


The Death Row Blues by Darby Tillis


Humanizing Justice – Eddie Ellis at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture


Interview with Charity Hicks


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