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Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and started a mass protest which led to the end of segregation on public transport.
Edith Cavell, [kav-uh l]a nurse in Belgium during World War One, was arrested and executed for helping allied servicemen escape back to England. Shortly before her execution, said ‘Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.’
Chiune Sugihara (Chee–oonee Soo–gee–harah) was Japanese diplomat who helped several thousand Jews escape from Lithuania by personally writing exit visas – despite the fact he was disobeying orders from Tokyo not to do so. It is estimated that 6,000 Jews were able to escape from Lithuania and avoid the holocaust.
William Tyndale translated the Bible into English, which at the time was forbidden. For his controversial views and belief everyone should be able to read the Bible in their native tongue, he was later arrested and executed.
Nelson Mandela had the courage to fight against the unjust system of apartheid in South Africa. For his political activities, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Malala Yousafzai, (You – sof – zi) - a Pakistani schoolgirl, defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education. She survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global advocate for human rights, women’s rights and the right to education.
Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan priest. During the Polish occupation, he was arrested twice by the Nazis but continued to offer shelter to Jews and Polish refugees. In 1941, he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he volunteered to take the place of a man condemned to death, showing great courage, faith and dignity.
In 1996, hundreds gathered to protest a KKK rally in Michigan. They chased down a white man wearing a confederate flag T-shirt, knocked him down and started hitting and kicking him. An 18 year old girl, Keisha Thomas, threw herself on top of him to protect him from the angry mob.
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