2016 was, sadly, a year in which several civil rights activists past away. Their role in this historic movement should never be forgotten, and so here let us take some time to remember two of these activists and their work.

Solomon Abrams, lover of music and cinema who blended art and activism

Solomon (‘Sol’) Abrams was a life long lover of music – he loved everything from Jazz to classical music. As well as being a civil rights activist, he was a cinema owner and he was also known for showing movies to friends and loved ones using his home projector. His activism and his love of film coalesced, as he was one of the US’s first cinema owners show films to integrated audiences. He died in summer 2016 at the age of 92, doing what he loved – listening to music (specifically, Rhapsody in Blue by Gerschwin).

Dabney Montgomery, activist who marched with King

Montgomery is another civil rights activist who reached a grand old age and passed away in 2016. He was 92 when he died, in September of last year, and he lived a long and rich life that was marked by positive action and activism. Montgomery marched with Dr Martin Luther King during the historic Civil Rights marches in Selma. In 2007, he was recognised with a Congressional Gold Medal. This medal is one of the highest honours that the US government awards to civilians.

Have you arranged your funeral?

We all hope to live long, happy and positive lives. One aspect of positive living often involves ensuring that your funeral is well planned. A funeral plan can be done in conjunction with a funeral director, or just by yourself. You can even purchase or download funeral planning guides which will ensure that everything from will writing to funeral music are done exactly as you want them to be. If you are a music lover like Solomon Abrams, for instance, you might like to make your wishes clear about what music you want played at your funeral. Funeral costs can be steep (often in excess of a couple of thousand pounds thanks to legal bills, venue hire, and paying undertakers for their service), and so it makes sense to consider your options. That means that when the time does come for your funeral, your loved ones will not find themselves in debt.

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