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Kenneth Edwin Baker
(1957 - November 11, 2007) U.S.A.

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Gay activist

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Kenneth was a native of Griffin, GA. He graduated from Flint River Academy. He attended Auburn University and graduated in 1980 with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. After graduation, he moved to Montgomery where he began a long career in landscape and design. He owned Perennial Favorites Landscaping. His landscape designs have been a Montgomery favorite for many years and are very apparent in his Old Cloverdale home.

As well as being an avid gardener, Ken was well known and respected for his civil rights and gay rights work. He established Equality Begins at Home of Central Alabama, which later became Equality Alabama. He spearheaded many rallies against injustice and hate. He successfully acquired, remodeled, and opened Equality Alabama's first office in Montgomery on South Perry Street. He has been recognized nationwide for his work.

Among the many recognitions, he received the Equality Alabama Board Chair Award and the Crystal Cross award from Unity United Church of Christ. Ken was also active with the National Organization for Women (NOW), Open Hearts and Minds Lectures, the Montgomery Peace Project, and other organizations. Ken was a member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

Ken died very suddenly at age 50. Ken was a lifelong LGBTQ rights' advocate, one of the founders of Equality Alabama, a founding member of Communities of Faith for Full Inclusion, and a driving force behind the annual hate crimes vigil in Montgomery. Ken leaves to cherish his memory his devoted partner of 8 years, Tony Hickman.

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