Rebecca Hensley (1946 - 2020)
Rebecca Hensley, abolitionist freedom fighter, Sociologist and change seeker passed away one year ago yesterday at the age of 74. She lived and worked in Louisiana—the belly of the beast of mass incarceration—and dedicated her life to dismantling this country’s atrocious prison system.
She was part of the ongoing 10/2 anti-Jim Crow jury scheme campaign, helping to bring an historic civil rights complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Congress against the state of Louisiana continuing violation of human rights and civil rights.
Rebecca was also a long-time instructor of Sociology, Writer, and academic activist. She dedicated years of her life to teaching students, and introducing them to critical views of a global construct based in power and privilege; urging them always to question - and make change. She was dedicated member of the Association for Humanist Sociology. In 2017, against significant odds, she developed the most successful AHS conference to date in Havana, Cuba. Her work increased AHS visibility, created global networks that are still maintained today, and earned enough money for the organization to survive the crushing blow of the Covid-19 pandemic. The world will be a little more lost without the work and spirit of Rebecca, rest in power.