This week saw the passing of several amazing people, whose lifetimes of contributions left this world a far better place.
Coretta Scott King will be known as the First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement. But even that title doesn't do justice to the way that this individual changed our world. A tireless champion of the civil rights movement, Coretta Scott King fought for the legacy of her husband, for the continuation of the civil rights struggle bothe here in the United States as well as internationally. She took on not only the rights of African Americans, but of all disenfrachised individuals. She did all of this while raising her children as a single mother. Truly an amazing spirit, and one whose indeible mark left in our world will not be forgotten.
OK... so Grandpa Al Davis will never be remembered in the same breath as Coretta Scott King or Betty Friedan. He will always be remembered predominatly for his portrayal of Grandpa on the 60s cult classic, The Munsters.
What strikes me most about Al Davis was the fact that he died at the age of 95, and he wasn't in the Aging Actor's Home or anything even close to it. At the age of 88, Al Davis ran as the Green Party candidate for the office of Governor of New York. Did he win? No. But he earned the votes of over 52,000 people. He owned a restaurant in Greenwich Village, and hosted a radio show for WBAI in New York. He truly lived his life, made those around him smile and laugh, and he will also be missed.