Maggie Kuhn

NYTimes: Maggie Kuhn, the activist and founder of the Gray Panthers, an American advocacy organization for the elderly, born on this day in Buffalo in 1905.

On August 3, 2018, the New York Times celebrates the birth of Maggie Kuhn, founder of Gray Panthers. Appropriately so.  The passion, effectiveness and advocacy of Maggie Kuhn’s life is needed today.  Gray Panthers confronts ageism and confronts the wrong-headed developments in the world.  Today, we face the onslaught of hatred, lack of compassion, and the destruction of all that is good in the USA.  Gray Panthers fights back. And, we should follow the example of Maggie Kuhn – 

 “Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few, and powerlessness in the hands of so many.” Maggie Kuhn

NY Times - Back Story

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/briefing/apple-paul-manafort-pope-francis-your-friday-briefing.html

Scott Stewart/Associated Press

If anyone could prove that age is nothing but a number, it was Maggie Kuhn.

The activist and founder of the Gray Panthers, an American advocacy organization for the elderly, was born on this day in Buffalo in 1905.

In 1970, after working for the Presbyterian Church in New York for a quarter of a century, Miss Kuhn retired, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 65.

As a result, she worked with fellow retirees to start a group that would be called the Gray Panthers (a reference to the Black Panthers), which worked to bridge the gap between the young and the old and addressed other social issues.

Miss Kuhn remained involved with the organization until her death at age 89 in 1995.

“I’m an old woman,” she told The Times in 1972. “I have gray hair, many wrinkles and arthritis in both hands. And I celebrate my freedom from bureaucratic restraints that once held me.”

She embraced her age and was unapologetic about it.

On her 85th birthday, she told a group of seniors in Vermont in 1991: “I made a sacred vow that I would do something outrageous, at least once a week.”

Claire Moses wrote today’s Back Story. Read more here

Maggie Kuhn on Ageism


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