Tom Hayden, famed anti-Vietnam war activist passes away

tom-hyden Tom HaydenTom Hayden, a peace activist whose radical views helped spur the 1960s anti-Vietnam War movement, has died.Barbara Williams, Hayden’s wife, told CNN that her husband died Sunday night surrounded by his family at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.

Hayden, who served nearly two decades as a California state lawmaker, died from complications related to a stroke he had about 18 months ago, Williams said. He was 76.

 About Him:
Hayden, born in 1939 in Detroit, first started publishing stories as a journalist during his teenage years. In 1960, Hayden interviewed Martin Luther King Jr. during a protest of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. It was a moment, he later wrote for CNN, that changed the course of his life.
Soon, he became a foot soldier in the civil rights movement. As an activist, he became a Freedom Rider, riding interstate buses into the heart of Georgia in defiance of segregation. He later worked as a community organizer in impoverished parts of Newark, New Jersey.

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