Mourning Two Civil Rights Heroes Across the Atlantic – History News Network (HNN)

by Donald M. Beaudette and Laura Weinstein

Donald M. Beaudette is an assistant professor of political science at Oxford College of Emory University. He is currently writing a book on punishment attacks and policing during Northern Ireland’s Troubles.  

Laura Weinstein holds a PhD in Irish History and is a writer and analyst of Irish politics. She is currently researching a book on racism and far-right nationalism in Ireland.

John Hume pictured with fellow Nobel Peace laureates, Bogside, Derry, Northern Ireland

As the United States continues to mourn the loss of our great Civil Rights hero John Lewis, the island of Ireland now faces a similarly monumental loss of a national hero in the death of John Hume on August 3rd. Hume was a leader of the Catholic Civil Rights movement, a former leader of the Social Democratic and Labor Party (SDLP), and the principal architect of the Good Friday Agreement that eventually

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