Previously, this post simply stated "Advocate for those infected by HIV". I shamed myself and dishonored Lady with that glib interpretation of a life well lived.
I never had the chance to meet Lady Hogan personally, but was moved to near tears from the news of her death. That alone should signify the powerful impact her life left on this world. After all, I never met Malcolm, Garvey, Dr. King, nor Assatta, but their lives were so prominent, so passionate, that the ripple they created is just as potent today as it was to those standing next to them then, and their absence is still felt just as brutally fresh as if it happened yesterday. Lady Hogan can now join them as martyrs who changed the world for the better.
I have no desire to force empathy by means of personal stories. I only wish for the slightest understanding of who she was. She lived, and lived hard. Her joys and pains were as grand as they come, but only proved her extraordinary humanity. Lady lived and died serving others, despite her burdens, which would overwhelm even the kindest soul. Even during her last moments, when Death was at the door and Heaven calling her name, she spent her final breaths delegating help to those in need. Her selflessness was unmatched, and she was a credit to our kind. Through her efforts, countless lives will be saved. And though many may never know her name, and her worth never truly recognized, I see her heart. She was a saint, and deserves the highest honor. Rest in peace, Lady Hogan. You will be missed.