Famous UU's

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    Pete Seeger
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    Melissa Harris-Perry
  • Randy Pausch
    Randy Pausch

There are many famous Unitarians (UU’s); this is a small sampling!

Renowned folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014) was a longtime Unitarian Universalist. Seeger's songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)"  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Seeger

Unitarian Universalist Melissa Harris-Perry is a distinguished academic and a commentator on MSNBC. She has written the book, "Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought," and delivered the Ware Lecture at the 2009 General Assembly of the UUA.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_Harris-Perry

Unitarian Universalist Randy Pausch (1960 – 2008) with his wife, Jai, and their three children. Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, is best known for his lecture, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" (also known as "The Last Lecture.") http://blog.chron.com/keepthefaith/2008/07/in-memoriam-randy-pausch-unitarian-universalist-author-of-the-last-lecture/

There are many other well known contemporary UU’s including Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and movie stars - the late Paul Newman and Christopher Reeves. Following is a sampling of other famous UU’s in history.

Michael Servetus. 1511 – 1553 Physician, theologian, martyr for religious freedom http://www.famousuus.com/bios/servetus.htm

Thomas Jefferson. 1743 – 1826. U.S President, a “Founding Father” of the U.S., author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for religious freedom. http://www.famousuus.com/bios/thomas_jefferson.htm http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/thomasjefferson/

Charles Dickens. Author 1812 – 1870  Dickens: the man who invented Christmas A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens http://www.famousuus.com/bios/charles_dickens.htm

Henry David Thoreau. 1817 – 1862 author, philosopher, activist, transcendentalist. http://www.transcendentalists.com/1thorea.html

Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803 – 1882 writer, philosopher, poet, transcendentalist. http://www.transcendentalists.com/1emerson.html

Tim Berners Lee. 1955 - Inventor of the World Wide Web  http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/UU.html

Julia Ward Howe. 1819 – 1910. abolitionist, activist, poet. http://womenshistory.about.com/od/howejuliaward/a/julia_ward_howe_1_early.htm

Beatrix Potter. Children’s author 1866 - 1943 http://www.famousuus.com/bios/beatrix_potter.htm

Charles Darwin. 1809 – 1882. Naturalist (“Father” of evolution) http://www.famousuus.com/bios/charles_darwin.htm

Joseph Priestly. 1733- 1804 Scientist, theologian, (discoverer of oxygen) http://www.famousuus.com/bios/joseph_priestley.htm

Joseph Workman 1805 -1894 Physician, activist (“Father of Canadian Psychiatry”) http://uudb.org/articles/josephworkman.html

Rod Serling 1924 – 1975 Science Fiction writer (“The Twilight Zone”) http://www.famousuus.com/bios/rod_serling.htm


The above is not a complete list of Famous Unitarians! Please see, for example http://www.famousuus.com/  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Unitarians,_Universalists,_and_Unitarian_Universalists