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  • February 18 - Audre Lorde - American writer, poet and activist. Nearsighted and legally blind, Lorde was a controversial poet who once referred to herself as "a black feminist lesbian mother poet".[1]
  • March 20 - Willie Brown - American politician. Willie Brown was elected as the Major of San Fransisco, California on January 8, 1996. Brown is the first African-American mayor of San Fransisco. While he was a member of the California State Assembly, Brown began to lose his eyesight due to retinitis pigmentosa.[2]
  • August 24 - Kenny Baker - British Actor. Baker is best known as the man inside R2-D2 in the popular Star Wars film series.[3]
  • September 12 - Gilbert C. Eastman - Deaf author, playwright, and leader. Prominent member of the theater and deaf communities.[4]


  1. Nelson, Cary. "Audre Lorde's Life and Career." An Online Journal and Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry. Oxford University Press, 2000. Accessed on May 29, 2008.
  2. "A Strong Sense of Vision." Foundation Fighting Blindness. 2008. Accessed on March 21, 2008.
  3. "Kenny Baker." 2008. CNET Networks, Inc. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  4. "Anniversaries." The Red Notebook. Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action. Accessed on February 28, 2008.