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Meet Stacey Park Milbern's parents as Google Doodle honours late activist

Eve Edwards May 19, 2022


As Google Doodle honours Stacey Park Milbern this month, we take a look at the activist’s family life and find out more about her parents.

The search engine celebrated Milbern on Thursday, 19 May 2022 on what would’ve been her 35th birthday.

Screenshot: Google Doodle – Google website

About activist Stacey Park Milbern

Stacey Park Milbern was a queer, Korean-American disability justice activist born on 19 May 1987. Google Doodle honours Milbern on what would’ve been her 35th birthday.

She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Milbern leaves a legacy as co-founder of the disability justice movement. She was part of a team of activists who coined the term ‘disability justice’ in 2005, as reported by the Google Doodle profile. Milbern was selected to US president Barack Obama’s Committee For People With Intellectual Disabilities in 2014.

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Stacey Park Milbern’s parents

Stacey Park Milbern is the daughter of Joel and Jean (Park) Milbern. Joel was in the US Army and met Stacey’s mother, Jean, while in South Korea.

The New York Times obituary for Milbern states Jean was self-employed but it is unconfirmed what vocation Jean Park pursued.

Joel and Jean had three children – David, Jessica and Stacey. The family are still based in North Carolina. Stacey Park Milbern lived with her parents until the age of 24, when she relocated to the Bay Area of California.

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What happened to Stacey Milbern?

Stacey Park Milbern passed away on 19 May 2020 on her 33rd birthday following surgery complications. She passed away at a hospital in Stanford, California.

Stacey’s sister Jessica said on the day of what would be her 35th birthday: “The passing of Stacey was devastating for many of us. This was not only due to the impact of her work but also largely due to her connections with people on a personal level.

“She opened her home to many grassroots organisations and folks in the Bay Area to share meals and build community.”

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