After a year-long battle with late-stage ovarian cancer, singer-songwriter and activist Jolie Christine Rickman died at noon on January 19, 2005 at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in Manhattan near her Brooklyn, NY home.
A dedicated student of feminism, nonviolence and direct action, Jolie was in part inspired to music after studying with Coretta Scott King at The King Center in Atlanta, GA. Years later Jolie left a doctoral program in Social Movements at Syracuse University to devote herself to music and social change. As a result, Jolie's music and spirit reached out, offering her revolutionary spirit of creativity, love and compassion to untold thousands around the US and abroad.
In the months following her passing, memorials were held in Chicago, IL, Syracuse, NY, and New York City, attended by hundreds of loved ones, friends and fans.
Jolie is survived by her partner Bill, her family, her community of friends and significantly, a legacy of music and action.