Marion Anderson (1932-2002) was the founder and director of Employment Research Associates,which prepared reports critical of defense spending. The Washington Post wrote that her work “reverberated through Washington because of extensive press coverage of her reports and testimony before congressional committees.” Their research showed “that huge increases to the military’s budget came at the expense of other public services and did not result in significantly greater security.” Earlier she had also worked in consumer and public affairs, as a Quaker lobbyist, Democratic Party volunteer and an anti-nuclear activist.
Stephen Angell is the Leatherock professor of Quaker studies at Earlham School of Religion.
Chel Avery is a member of Goshen Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Formerly on the staff of Pendle Hill, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Abington Friends School & Friends General Conference, she is now peacefully retired.
Chuck Fager is the Editor of Quaker Theology. His most recent books are An Early Assessment: Papers from the 2017 Quaker History Roundtable; and Uncertain Resurrection. Dr. King’s Poor Peoples Campaign – 1968: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition.
Lon Fendall was a staff member of Newberg Friends Church, an instructor and peace studies director at George Fox University, Legislative Director and Campaign Manager for US Senator Mark Hatfield, Assistant Northwest Director for World Vision, Dean of the Faculty at Wilmington College, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Tabor College, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at George Fox University. Until his retirement in 2010, Lon was the Director of the Center for Peace and Justice and the Center for Global Studies at George Fox University.
Anna Davis Hallowell (1838-1913) was the granddaughter of Lucretia Mott, and the editor-author of James & Lucretia Mott, Life & Letters, published in 1884.
H. Larry Ingle is retired from teaching history at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. His most recent book is Nixon’s First Cover-Up, from the University of Missouri Press, about the for-mer president’s long concealment and obfuscation of his Quaker membership and identity.
Thomas C. Kennedy (1937-2017) longtime Professor of History at the University of Arkansas. He also served at President of the Friends Historical Society of London, and was appointed a T. Wistar Brown Research Fellow at Haverford College.
Benjamin Lay (1682-1759) was a radical 18th century American Quaker, who had the distinction of being disowned several times on both sides of the Atlantic and then being carried out of or physically ejected from numerous meetings around Phildephia. He lived in a cave near Abington, Pennsylvania; but in it he kept a library of several hundred volumes, which indicates he was not ‘poor,’ but more like “off the [17th century] grid.” These excerpts are from his only book, printed in 1737 by Benjamin Franklin.
Ken Maher now lives in Rochester, New York. He may be unique among Quakers as the father of seven and grandfather of seventeen (and still counting), not to mention his longtime support of Friends for a Pro-Life Peace Testimony. His blessings also include a Roman Catholic wife and Quaker meetings that have tolerated his quirky Friendship for 50 years, including serving Rochester Meeting as Clerk. He is a product of Friends World College and spent ten years teaching English as a Second Language in Kisii, Kenya, Cuernavaca, Mexico, Humacao, Puerto Rico, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, El Paso, Texas, and Tyson’s Corner, Virginia..
Joseph Southall (1861-1944) was a well-known British painter, associated with the arts and Crafts school, and influenced as well by the pre-Raphaelites. He was also a lifelong Quaker and pacifist. After World War One began, he laid aside much lucrative commercial work to do anti-war art such as that included here.