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Transcript of HEROES
Oslo, 2009 Definition of a hero by Barack Obama GIANTS OF HISTORY UNSUNG HEROES GIANTS of HISTORY NELSON ANDELA MARTIN LUTHER KING http://www.biography.com/people/nelson-mandela-9397017 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/ Other Nobel Peace Prize Laureates " There are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened of cynics. I cannot argue with those who find these men and women — some known, some obscure to all but those they help — to be far more deserving of this honor than I." "Our actions matter and can bend history" ISSUE;
Can anybody become a hero ? Icons??? brave/courageous
broad-minded /open -minded “Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go”
Bernard Malamud, writer (1914-1986.) Why Do We need Heroes??? Can they be considered heroes?? We define our ideals by the heroes we choose, and in turn, our ideals (courage and honor, for example) define us.
Heroes symbolize the qualities we'd like to possess and the ambitions we'd like to satisfy. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/us/politics/indelible-image-of-a-boys-pat-on-obamas-head-hangs-in-white-house.html?_r=0 It is one of the most striking images of the Obama presidency: the world's most powerful man bending down to allow a young boy to touch his hair.
The moment, captured by the White House's official photographer, has come to symbolise the importance of Mr Obama's presidency to African-Americans.
"It's important for black children to see a black man as president. You can believe that any position is possible to achieve if you see a black person in it," said the boy's father.
The photograph, taken in 2009, has hung in the West Wing for three years unlike many Oval Office pictures which are reshuffled each week.
Jacob, now eight, told his father that he either wants to be president or a test pilot. WE NEED ROLE MODELS Malala Yousafzai will 'inspire a new generation' The McNicholas, the Posalskis, the Smiths, Zerillis too
The Blacks, the Irish, Italians, the Germans and the Jews (...)
They died building the railroads, they worked to bones and skin
They died in the fields and factories, names scattered in the wind
They died to get here a hundred years ago, they're still dying now
Their hands that built the country we're always trying to keep out
THE IMMIGRANTS WHO BUILT AMERICA