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Heroes You Should Know: Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix was an American activist who overcame an alcoholic family of origin, an abusive father, and chronically poor health to become a crusader for the mentally ill. 

Heroes You Should Know: Gino Bartali

Gino Bartali was an international cycling star who won the Tour De France twice.  But what he did on and with his bike, was about so much more than athleticism. 

Heroes You Should Know: The Four Chaplains of the U.S.S. Dorchester

Clark Poling (a Dutch Reformed minister), George Fox (a Methodist minister), Alexander Goode (a Jewish rabbi), and John Washington (a Catholic priest) became fast friends in 1942 while attending a training school for Chaplains at Harvard College.  In January 1943 all four men embarked for England together on the Dorchester, a converted transport ship carrying 900 sailors.  

Heroes You Should Know: Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was a social worker, and personally responsible for saving 2,500 Jewish children during the Nazi occupation of Poland.   

Heroes You Should Know: Liviu Lebrescu

Liviu Librescu had faced death many times before his final hour of life on the campus of Virginia Tech University.  He had survived the Nazis, the Holocaust, and relocation to a labor camp.  And he had endured over thirty years of Communist oppression in his native Romania.  In between, he’d earned a Ph.D., and become a scientist and research professor. 

Real Success

Benedict Joseph Labre lived in pre-revolution France, struggled with mental illness virtually his entire life, failed each of the eleven times he tried to enter religious life, lost touch with his family, lived as a homeless person for his adult years, survived on what he could collect as a beggar, and died of malnutrition at 35 years-old. 

Heroes You Should Know

The Four Chaplains of the Dorchester  

Father to the Forgotten

Janusz Korczak  Janusz Korczak was a Polish educator, children's author, and pediatrician.  He also served as an expert witness in courts of law, and an advocate for children’s rights. 

Heroes you should know: Iqbal Masih

Heroes you should know:  Iqbal Masih
 
“I would like to do what Abraham Lincoln did… I would like to do it in Pakistan."
-Iqbal Masih
 
Iqbal Masih (b. 1983 - April 16, 1995) was a Pakistani boy cast into bondage at age four because of his family’s inability to repay a debt, but through extraordinary courage and perseverance became an international symbol for the dignity of children and a martyr for justice---all by the tender age of twelve.

It’s not JUST about you!

"We live our lives like chips in a kaleidoscope, always parts of patterns that are larger than ourselves and somehow more than the sum of their parts."  -Salvador Minuchin
 
 Here’s a commencement address I’d love to hear spoken gently, lovingly, and with real conviction to all graduates, at all graduations around the world:   at high schools, colleges, and graduate schools: 
 

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