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A Humanist You Should Know: Dr. Henry Morgentaler

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler – 1975 AHA Humanist of the Year

Dr. Henry Morgentaler, 1975 American Humanist Association Humanist of the Year, signer of Humanist Manifesto II (1973) as well as being the first President of the Humanist Association of Canada, died Wednesday at age 90. He profoundly changed Canada by challenging and eventually winning against anti-abortion laws. Morgentaler, risking his career, safety, and personal freedom, used Humanist principles in a way that helped women who needed their rights protected.
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A Humanist You Should Know: Paul Kurtz

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Dr. Paul Kurtz

If you talk to older Humanists who have been part of the movement for a long time and ask who has done much in advancing secular humanism in the United States many people will mention Paul Kurtz. His energy and one could say his ego helped propel Humanism into the mainstream in the period before the Internet and social media. Rightly or wrongly he had a vision for secular humanism and due to his tireless work we have the movement we have today. Dr. Kurtz passed away on October 20th, 2012 at the age of 86.
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A Humanist You Should Know:
A. Philip Randolph

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A. Philip Randolph

Asa Philip Randolph (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979) was a leader in the African American civil-rights movement, and the American labor movement. He organized marches on Washington DC that led to integration in war industries during World War II, integration in the armed forces at the end of the 1940’s, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1970 by the American Humanist Association and he signed on to the Humanist Manifesto II in 1973.
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A Humanist You Should Know: Corliss Lamont

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image of Corliss Lamont Corliss Lamont (1902 – 1995) was born into wealth but spent his life fighting for people who weren’t wealthy. He fought and won battles over civil rights and added his voice to the Humanist consensus. He authored the seminal introductory book about Humanism titled “The Philosophy of Humanism” in 1949, which at the time of his death, was in its eighth edition. He didn’t just talk about Humanism, he lived the philosophy.
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A Humanist You Should Know:
Margaret Sanger

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Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger (1879 – 1966) is a controversial figure in history both for what she accomplished, distributing contraception information and the founding of Planned Parenthood, and for other views she held, such as support for the now discredited theory of Eugenics. It’s her effort to fight against religious and social conservatives for the right of women to have control over their own bodies that she is a Humanist you should know.
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One Humanist You Should Know:
Robert G. Ingersoll

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Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899) was, in his time, the greatest orator in the United States. He was also known as the “The Great Agnostic”. Yes, Ingersoll wasn’t a religious preacher, he was a preacher for freethought. Although he was popular with the public he also had to deal with criticism from the establishment which also included preventing him from trying for elective office. He is one Humanist you should know.
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