April 28, 1927 – Civil rights activist William Lewis Moore is born in Binghamton, New York.Â Moore wasÂ murdered in 1963 near Attalla, Alabama, while on a solo protest march, in which he intended to walk from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi, to deliver a letter to Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett. The letter said, in part, â€œthe white man cannot be truly free himself until all men have their rights.â€ Although the gunâ€™s ownership was traced, no charges were ever filed. Mooreâ€™s death inspired at least three protest songs. In 2008, on the 45th anniversary of Mooreâ€™s death, American Atheists PresidentÂ Ellen Johnson and atheist activist Ken Loukinen set out to complete Mooreâ€™s march. When they arrived at their destination some days later, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour declined to see them.
April 28, 1948 – English fantasy writer Terry Pratchett (author of the much-beloved Discworld novels) is born in Beaconsfield, England.Â Pratchett was an early adopter of computer technology and, in his later years, a staunch advocate of the right to die. Of Christianity, Pratchett (who had a humanist funeral service), said, â€Â I wasÂ inoculatedÂ against the Christian religion by reading the whole of the OldÂ TestamentÂ in one go (apart from theÂ begats). And I thought if this were true, we were in the hands of aÂ maniac.â€ He died in 2015 after a prolonged battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s, aged 66.