Fern L. Holland Memorial Week honors local activist killed in Iraq

From The Joplin Globe authored b

“Attorney and human rights activist Fern Holland will be remembered for her life’s work and the lives she touched with an annual memorial week in her honor that begins Monday.

The week will culminate Saturday with a 5K race named for the local activist from Bluejacket whose life was stripped away at age 33.

“Fern’s main goal in life was justice for humanity,” Community Crisis Center executive director Deedee Cox said. “She was very struck by the great discrepancies in justice for humanity around the globe. Some people have privilege beyond our comprehension, and some people have suffering beyond our comprehension. Reaching out to those who suffered the most was so important to her.”

After graduating from Miami High School, Holland became a successful attorney in Tulsa but felt the need to help others on a global scale.”

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