15th September 1981 – 4th August 2011
Mark Duggan’s death at the hands of armed police officers lead to riots lasting several days across the whole of the UK. Continue reading “August 4th – Mark Duggan”
30th November 1930 – 26th July 2016
Jacques Hamel was a French Roman Catholic priest who was martyred whilst celebrating Mass in his parish church. He was a faithful priest dedicated to serving the Church he loved for over 60 years.
4th February 1904 – 9th April 1945
“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die”
– The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German protestant pastor and theologian who during his short life wrote several books and articles on the Christian faith, founded the Confessing Church and actively opposed the Nazi regime, for which he was later executed. Continue reading “April 9th – Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
Perpetua and Felicity
7th march 203
Perpetua and Felicity were early Christian women, martyred in Carthage in the year 203. Their deaths are recorded in an account that allegedly includes pieces from Perpetua’s own diary along with other eyewitness accounts. At the time of their imprisonment Perpetura was a young married mother and Felicity was heavily pregnant. They were murdered for refusing to renounce their Christian faith and challenging societal pressures on the place of women in heteronormative family structures. As a result they are considered early heroes for the emancipation of Women and non-hetero families.
Trayvon Martin & BLM
February 5th 1995 – February 26th 2012
Trayvon Martin was an African-American teenager, who’s shooting in 2012 sparked national protests in the US and lead to the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Continue reading “February 26th – Travyon Martin & BLM Movement”
19th May 1925 – 21st February 1965
“If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
Speech at Audubon Ballroom, 1964, Malcolm X
Malcolm X was a prominent leader in the American Civil rights movement. A controversial figure, Malcolm X spoke out against institutional racism and advocated the use of violence as a form of defence for Black People as well as race segregation. Continue reading “February 21st – Malcolm X”
2nd October 1869 – 30th January 1948
“The Weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”
All Men are Brothers, Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi was a political leader in India who fought a peaceful revolution of civic disobedience against the British colonial forces.