Archive for the ‘Heroes’ Category

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December 12, 2008

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I wanted to share this amazing Human Rights movement with you! This was started by Peter Gabriel and it’s such an eye opener, hope this helps to feed good things into the world! Much love, dale.

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IRAQI POLICE OFFICER

July 31, 2008

Policeman dies a hero smothering bomb blast 

AN IRAQI police officer was the hero of a suicide bomb attack in a crowded market street when he saved dozens of lives in the southern city of Hillah. A passer by saw the officer run towards a suicide bomber revealing a belt of explosives. The police officer threw his arms around the bomber, shielding others with his own body from the force of the blast.

“He hugged him and the explosives tore apart both bodies,” a witness said.

 I’m not sure what his name was but what a hero!

BELLE “The wonder beagle”

July 29, 2008

    

     Belle is a 17-pound beagle. She is the first canine recipient ever to win the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award which is given to someone who has used a cell phone to save a life, prevent a crime or help in an emergency. Belle received the award after biting down on owner Kevin Weaver’s cell phone to call 911 after he collapsed from a diabetic seizure when his blood sugar level dropped dangerously low.

     This wasn’t a luck thing, Belle has been trained to get help in this kind of a situation. She was taught to bite down and hold the number 9 on his cell phone triggering the speed dial for 911.

     Belle can detect abnormalities in a person’s blood-sugar levels with just with her keen senses, she sometimes licks Weaver’s nose to take her own reading of his blood-sugar level. If something doesn’t seem right to her, she will paw and whine at him. “Every time she paws at me like that I grab my meter and test myself,” said Weaver, “She’s never been wrong.”

WESLEY AUTREY

July 24, 2008

     Wesley Autrey was born in New York, U.S.A in 1956. He is a construction worker from Harlem and on January 2, 2007 he became a world known hero. That morning he was waiting for a subway train, with his 2 daughters when he noticed a man having a seizure, the man stumbled and fell onto a subway track as a train was approaching the station. He jumped in to rescue him but with a train headed their way, he realized he wouldn’t have enough time to pull him up, he pinned the man and himself in the drainage rut between the rails and hoped that the oncoming train would go over them.

“I wrapped my arms and legs around him and tightened up. I had to lock my whole body,” Autrey told the New York Post.

The train operator saw them and hit the emergency brakes. Two of the cars passed over the men without hitting them. The train missed them by about 2 inches, grazing Autrey’s hat.

     When Autrey and the young man were pulled to safety by emergency workers witnesses cheered. Autrey who is a Navy veteran, says he doesn’t feel he did “something spectacular.”

Autrey told the New York Daily News he had split-second decision to make: “Do I let the train run him over and hear my daughters screaming and see the blood? Or do I jump in?”

After the train stopped over top of him, Autrey says he could hear his daughters screaming for their daddy.

“Let my daughters know that I’m okay and that the man is okay!” Autrey called out as onlookers cheered.

     Autrey refused medical attention and continued on his way with his daughters to see their mother downtown. Autrey Wesley lives in Harlem, New York, he is 52 years old.

JOHN BUNYAN

July 22, 2008

    

     John Bunyan was born in Harrowden, England in 1628. Bunyan was a very popular Preacher and Author. While serving in the Parlimentary Army, (between in 1644 and 1647) he overheard 3 women speaking of how real God was in their lives and realized that his life was not so perfect. He decided to look deeper into the bible and in 1653 he became a member of the Baptist Church by immersion.

     In 1655 Bunyan became a deacon and began preaching. In 1660 he was imprisoned for preaching without a license for a 13 years sentence of which he served 12 years.  His daughter, who was blind, needed her father and the members of the prison system would gladly let him go to be with her if he would just sign a paper saying that he would never preach again, but he would not. He was released in 1672 and immediately continued preaching. He was returned to prison in 1675, but by this time he had become so popular that they decided to release him 6 months later.

     He went on to become a very popular Preacher and reknowned Author, writing many books, most defending his beliefs. John Bunyan died in 1688, he was 59 years old.

ROSEMARY BROWN

July 19, 2008

    

     Rosemary Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1930. She emigrated to Canada in 1950, studied at McGill University and the University of British Columbia, then became a social worker. Rosemary was a peace activist and determined feminist, promoting equality and human rights. Her campaigns includes efforts to eliminate sexism in textbooks, increase female representation on boards and prohibit discrimination based on sex or marital status.

      Rosemary was elected to the provincial legislature of British Columbia in 1972, becoming the first black woman in Canadian history to be a member of a Canadian parliamentary body. in 1975 she ran for leadership of the federal NDP and barely lost on a fourth ballot to Ed Broadbent. Rosemary served in the B.C. legislature until 1986 and then she went on to become a professor in women’s studies at Simon Fraser University. Rosemary Brown died in 2003, she was 72 years old.

SHIRIN EBADI

July 14, 2008

    

     Shirin Ebadi was born in Hamadan, Iran in 1947. She is a human rights activist, Author, Lawyer and Founder of Childrens Rights Support Association in Iran.

     In 2003 Shirin was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous efforts for democracy and human rights, especially for the rights of women and children. She speaks to large gatherings of her beliefs, that change in Iran must come peacefully and from within. She is against a policy of forced regime change.

     In 2004 Shirin filed a law suit against the U.S department of treasury because of restrictions she faced over publishing her memoir in the United States. American trade laws include prohibitions on writers from embargoed countries. The law also banned American literary agent Wendy Strothman from working with her. Azar Nafisi wrote a letter to support Ebadi, Nafisi said that the law infringes on the First Amendment. After a long battle Shirin eventually won the case and went on to publish her memoirs in the United States.

     Shirin is included in my blog because she fights for what she believes in. Earlier this year she released a statement saying “threats against my life and security and those of my family which began some time ago, have intensified.” She said that the threats warn her against making speeches abroad and defending Irans minority.

     Shirin Ebadi is 61years old, although I’m not sure where she currently resides, I am confident that wherever she is she’s still fighting for what she believes in.

MARIAN ANDERSON

July 10, 2008

     Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1897. She was a musician whose career helped open doors for other black American musicians.

     When Marian was 6 years old she began singing in the church choir. By the age of 22 she was charging 5 dollars per show, which was a lot of money at the time. Her career began in the black communities and quickly spread to black colleges and churches.

     Although Marian was amazingly talented, she wasn’t given very many opportunities to perform in front of white audiences in America. She decided to travel Europe instead and began performing in front of Kings.

     In 1939 the famous Sol Hurok heard her in Paris and decided to promote her in the U.S.  Hurok tried to book her at the Washington D.C’s Constitution Hall and was told by the man who answered the phone, “No negro will ever play in the hall while I’m manager”.  The public was furious. Eleanor Roosevelt  and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) decided to retaliate by organizing an enormous concert for her.  Marian sang live in front of 75,000 people and millions more listened via radio.

     National recognition soon followed, she would go on to sing at the inaugurations of Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.  President Eisenhower appointed her as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.  She gave her final concert in 1965 at Carnegie Hall.  Marian Anderson died in 1993, she was 96 years old.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

July 6, 2008

       

      George Washington Carver was thought to have been born in 1864 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Carver worked at the Tuskegee Institute, teaching former slaves farming techniques so they could be self sufficient. In order to take education to the farmers he built a mobile school called the Jesup Wagon.

     Carver earned National attention by speaking in favor of a peanut tariff before The ways of means Committee of the U.S House of Representatives.

     Carver wrote 44 practical agricultural bulletins for farmers. However most of his fame was because of his research and promotion of crops other than cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. Cotton depleted the soil and the Boll Weevil destroyed a lot of the cotton crop.  He encouraged poor farmers to grow alternative products some as a food source and others that would improve their quality of life. Carver himself created or used around 100 products made from peanuts including, cosmetics, gasoline, paints and plastics.

     Carver is also remembered for improving racial relations, mentoring children, religion, painting and poetry. He has been widely admired for his humility, humanitarianism, good nature, frugality and lack of economic materialism.  He even made a list of 8 virtues for his students to practice living by:

1-Be clean both inside and out.

2-Neither look up to the rich or down on the poor.

3-Lose, if need be, without squealing.

4-Win without bragging.

5-Always be considerate of women, children and older people.

6-Be too brave not to lie.

7-Be too generous not to cheat.

8-Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.

     One of Carvers most important roles was in undermining the stereotype of that time, that the black race wasn’t as smart as the white race. In 1941 Time Magazine called him a “Black Leonardo”, referencing Leonardo Davinci. George Carver died on January 5, 1943. January 5 is now celebrated as George Washington Carver Recognition Day in the United States.

AMY CARMICHAEL

July 3, 2008

    Amy Carmichael was born in Millisle, County Down, Ireland in 1867. When she was 20 years old she heard Hudson Taylor (Founder of the China Inland Mission) speak about missionary life at the Keswick Convention of 1887. Shortly after the convention she became convinced that missionary work would be her life long calling.

     She applied to the China inland mission first, but was rejected because of her battle with Neuralgea, a disease of the nerves. Some time later she decided to join the Church Missionary Society and traveled to Japan for 15 months, however, after a brief trip to Sri Lanka she decided to settle in India.

     Much of her work was with young girls, many who were saved from forced prostitution. Her organization was known as Dohnavur fellowship. The fellowship became a sanctuary for over 1000 children who probably would never have had a future otherwise. In order to respect Indian cultures all those who assisted with Dohnavur wore Indian attire and the children were given Indian names. Carmichael dyed her skin with coffee and she would often travel long distances on foot in the worst weather conditions just to save one child from suffering.

     She was also a prolific writer, producing 35 published books. She served in India for 45 years while at times the Neuralgea would weaken her body so much that she could be bedwridden for weeks at a time.  Amy Carmichael died in 1951, she was 83 years old.