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Peace Moms: Betty Williams and Maired Corrigan

  

Heroes You Should Know: Tegla Loroupe

Tegla Loroupe grew up in a small Kenyan village roughly ten miles from her school. There was no school bus, and her family had no mode of transportation. So beginning at age seven, she would run there and back, without shoes. And in the process she figured out she was pretty good at distance running.

Heroes You Should Know: Frederick Law Olmsted

  As a young boy, Frederick Law Olmsted was curious about the Biblical figure John the Baptist, the prophet who reportedly ate locusts and wild honey.  So when he found a honey-locust tree Olmsted tried to eat one of its pods.  But instead of changing his interest when he found it inedible, young Frederick chose to plant a pod from the same tree and patiently nurture it until it into a sapling.  Such was the spirit of the man who would go on to shape the face of public spaces and recreation in America.

Heroes You Should Know: The Hardagas and the Kabiljos

  You know how the truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction?

Heroes You Should Know: Biddy Mason

  Bridget “Biddy” Mason was born into slavery in Mississippi in 1818 without a last name.  At 18, she was given as a wedding present to Robert Smith.  By 1848 Smith and his household had become Mormon, and decided to journey to Utah with a 300 wagon caravan.  Biddy and her three daughters---a 10 year-old, a 4 year-old, and an infant (all three probably fathered by Smith himself)---walked the 1,700 miles.  Biddy helped to break camp, cook, herd cattle, and serve as a midwife for the caravan. 

Bob Fletcher: My brother’s keeper

   In a day and age where anger too often separates and divides, it’s important to remember someone who used anger for good. 

Heroes you Should Know: Pere Jaques de Jesus (Lucien Bunel)

  A Roman Catholic priest in the Carmelite Order Pere Jacques de Jesus (born Lucien Bunel) founded and served as the Headmaster of the Petit Collège Sainte-Thérèse de l’Enfant-Jésus, a boarding school in Avon, France for boys, in 1934.  When World War II broke out, he was conscripted into the French Army, but after France’s surrender he returned to his school---and joined the French Resistance.

Jason Brown: From football to farming

  Professional athletes are often held up as role models for our youth, and on occasion they actually should be.

Heroes You Should Know: Robert Smalls

  Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina.  And at age 12, his master hired him out to business associates in Charleston where Smalls worked in a hotel, and later as a lamplighter.  But his real love was the sea, so he found a way to work on the docks, then as a rigger and a sail maker, and eventually as a wheelman (basically a pilot, although slaves were not allowed to hold that title). 

James Harrison: The Man with the Golden Arm

   

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