Teacher, activist, philanthropist and Radical Faerie ROBERT CROONQUIST was born on this date. Originally from Minnesota, Croonquist graduated from Stanford University and taught world literature in the New York City School system until his retirement and continues his work as a LGBT Rights and anti-nuclear activist.

He founded The Hibakusha Stories project, collecting the stories of  and working with the survivors of the nuclear attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasake (the “hibakusha“) to educate high school students about nuclear weapons and  proliferation and what they can do to create peace in the world. The Hibakusha Story project is part of the larger NGO organization that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.