Profiles in Courage
"If you follow in someone's footsteps, you will only get to where they want to go."
Sef Scott, a graduating senior from Plano, TX, has autism and is usually nonverbal. At his High School graduation in 2018, he delivered an unexpected and inspiring 6-minute speech to his fellow seniors.
"The unexpected from you can be a blessing to those around you."
The Art of Being Yourself
Caroline McHugh's TEDx Talk about following your own path has been viewed nearly 10 million times. "Nobody in the world has had the same experiences and influences as you." As Caroline says, we are all born with unique gifts. It is those who figure out what their unique gifts are who stand out.
Watch the TEDx Talk here.
"The Wrong First Question is What Do We Need to Do?
The Right First Question is Who Do We Need to Become?"
In 2008, Ben McBride, Founder of the Empower Initiative, relocated his family to a neighborhood in Oakland, called the “Kill Zone” to understand and respond to the epidemic of gun violence, firsthand. He has become a national leader in bridging and belonging work across the country
Read more here.
Victoria Woodull, First Female Candidate for U.S. President in 1872
Few Americans know the name of the woman who put the first crack in our highest, hardest glass ceiling, almost 50 years before women even had the right to vote! Read the story of one of America's most colorful, convention-defying, unsung heroes.
Read The Strange Tale of the First Woman to Run for President here.
Breaking Hate: A Former Extremists Journey
Christian Picciolini went from leading neo-Nazi bands with names such as Final Solution and White American Youth and running a record store that only sold "white power" music to leaving that all behind and going on to lead organizations countering extremism domestically and abroad, and becoming an award-winning television producer, speaker, author and peace advocate.
Listen to Christian tell his story here.
"Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love."
From 1953 until 1981, a silver haired woman calling herself only "Peace Pilgrim" walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. Wearing a blue tunic and carrying just a few worldly possessions in her pockets, she shared her simple but profound message in thousands of communities throughout the U.S.: “when enough of us find inner peace, our institutions will become peaceful and there will be no more occasion for war.”
Watch the documentary about an extraordinary life here.
"If Not Me, Then Who?"
First Lt. Travis Manion (1980 - 2007)
On April 29, 2007, 1stLt Travis Manion, and his fellow Marines were ambushed in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. As he led a counterattack, Travis was fatally wounded while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded teammates. His courageous acts allowed every member of his patrol to survive.
His legacy continues through the work of the Travis Manion Foundation, inspiring people to make an impact by serving others.
Read more here.
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