Sheila Ryan passed away on January 20, 2013.
You can read a brief overview of Sheila’s life.
There’s a photo gallery with images from many years of Sheila’s life.
Some of Sheila’s family, friends, and co-workers spoke at her memorial service in February 2013:
There are several ways to browse our growing collection of images, stories, and Sheila’s publications.
Most of the items are grouped into these categories:
- Family Life: Chronicles her childhood, and then later her marriage and children.
- Civil Rights: Describes her involvement with the civil rights struggle in 1963-1968.
- Left Press: Reviews her work in the “underground” press of the New Left in 1967-1970.
- Middle East: Catalogs her activism and publications about the region in 1969-1991.
- Families With HIV: Covers Sheila’s work at the Special Needs Clinic in 1992-2012.
You can also browse material by year:
- 1945, 1948, 1950, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2012, 2013
Some good entry points are:
- Childhood photographs of Sheila and her siblings.
- The 1965 White House sit-in that Sheila helped lead during the crisis in Selma.
- The jailhouse interview with Sheila in the Washington Post during her six month term.
- Photographs from her wedding to George in Cape Code during the summer of 1969.
- Inaccurate FBI files falsely claim Sheila was part of the Weather Underground network.
- A protest at the UN was organized by Sheila to protest US policy towards the Palestinians.
- Defending the LA 8, arrested in 1987 and eventually freed on First Amendment grounds.
- An article on children with AIDS describes Sheila’s work at The Special Needs Clinic.
- “Six Shots of Limoncello” features a story from Sheila about an Italian liquor.