The civic, educational and religious freedoms many of our heroes fight for began with the dreams and declarations of Thomas Jefferson. Though primarily known for his inspirational and revolutionary arguments on behalf of American Democracy and his two terms as an American president, Thomas Jefferson’s greatest accomplishment was eloquently defining freedom, democracy and human rights for the entire world.
In the way of “teaching a man to fish,” Muhammad Yunus has spent much of his life tackling the problem of poverty with socially-focused economics. Muhammad Yunus is recognized as a moral hero for stepping out of the academic safety zone into the famine and impoverished world around him. His pioneering vision of microcredit and innovative economic effort on behalf of the poor has improved the conditions of countless villagers and families throughout the region.
One of the greatest Americans from the 20th century to remain unknown to most. Despite efforts by governments to hide his voice from history, he continued his efforts for justice and has earned a position . Like José Rizal, he is a multi-talented man who left a positive mark on countries around the world.
Jeannette Pickering Rankin is a great example of someone who bravely stands up for their beliefs despite what the majority thinks. Before she became the first woman to become a member of the U.S. Congress, Jeanette placed herself in situations where she would learn about the difficulties faced by those who were poor and second-class in the United States.
Before his life was cut short at the age of 35, José Rizal accomplished more than many do in a lifetime. He was an award winning poet, and brilliant critic of the Spanish historical accounts of the societies in his native pre-colonial Philippines. Full of intelligence and humility, Rizal gained the respect and admiration of prominent men from around the world. Yet, more importantly, Rizal’s love for his nation and his fellow men led him to spark a revolution that uplifted the welfare of so many.