Champions of Peace

Dekanawida — Great Peacemaker

 

Circa 1100  — 1500

 

As a sign of respect for his personal name, the co-founder of the Iroquois Confederacy is referred to simply as Great Peacemaker. He is accordingly credited with authoring The Great Law of Peace, a verbal constitution which established a lasting peace between Iroquois nations. In it, Great Peacemaker outlines early processes for referendum votes, a liberal immigration process, and conflict resolution among much more.

 

Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi

 

October 2, 1869 — January 30, 1948

 

The greatest advocate of peace, Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian lawyer who utilized nonviolent resistance to lead India to independence from British colonialism. Despite being the father of nonviolent thinking who must be championed by any philosophy for peace, Gandhi is often overlooked by liberals.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

January 15, 1929 — April 4, 1968

 

America’s greatest champion for peace, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and activist who helped lead the American civil rights movement. Dr. King’s victory in securing civil rights for all Americans marks, according to many, the moment that the United States became a true liberal democracy. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

 

Nelson Mandela

 

July 18, 1918 — December 5, 2013

 

A onetime advocate of violent resistance, Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison for his "sabotage" tactics before he changed his approach. Mandela's commitment to rising above past injustices to peacefully cooperate eventually won him his freedom in 1990 and he was soon elected the first president of South Africa in 1994. Ignored by many liberals , Mandela is a champion of liberal peace as a the greatest champion of changing the mind.

 

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