The Humanity of Service

Dorothy Height:

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Experiences in the Civil Rights Movement:

Early activism in Harlem:

Louis Zamperini:

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Reading a letter he wrote to one of his former POW guards in which he forgave the guard:

interview in which he recounts his conversion story after returning from WWII:

Leymah Gbowee:

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Nobel Prize acceptance speech excerpts:

Jane Goodall:

Discussing her “Roots & Shoots” program (begins at around the 1:35 mark):

Herbie Hancock:

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador acceptance speech (begins at approximately 2:55):

Quincy Jones:

Discussing his Listen Up Foundation:

Mikhail Gorbachev:

Discussing issues of poverty and environmental protection (dubbed over in English, begins at about 1:13):


Aung San Suu Kyi:

Clip from her Nobel lecture:

Video of her address to the 101st session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva (begins at about 3:27):

Norman Borlaug:

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Dalai Lama:

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Rigoberta Menchu Tum

Video of Tum recounting her experiences and her acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize:

Elie Wiesel:

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Nelson Mandela:

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Shirin Ebadi:

Keynote speech at Peace Studies 40:

Shimon Peres:

Nobel Prize acceptance speech:

Matt Damon:

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Malala Yousafzai:

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Nobel Prize acceptance speech:


Billy Graham:

Remarks on the events of September 11th, 2001 from Washington National Cathedral:

Cesar Chavez:

Voice clip on social change (click link to play):

Voice clip on “United Farm Workers” (click link to play):

Coretta Scott King:

The Montgomery Bus Boycott:

The Martin Luther King Center:

Jimmy Carter:

Nobel Prize acceptance speech excerpt:

Marian Wright Edelman:

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Maya Angelou:

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A video in which she discusses the importance of teaching younger generations about history and humility, among other topics:

Maya Lin:

Speaking on the meaning behind her Vietnam Veterans Memorial design:

Richard Branson:

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Discussing his responsibility to philanthropic endeavors as a result of his wealth:

Steven Spielberg:

Discussing his inspiration for and process of creating the Shoah Foundation:

Wangari Maathai:

Clip from her Nobel lecture:

Annie Lennox:

Discussing her SIGN Campaign and how she came to be an HIV/AIDS activist:

John Lewis:

His speech at the 1963 March on Washington:


Kim Dae Jung:

An interview in which he discusses being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as his goal of reunification for North and South Korea:


Kailash Satyarthi:

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Nobel Prize acceptance speech:

Hellen Nkuraiya:

Discussing the challenges and opportunities of education in the Maasai community, as well as her journey to developing a school to help marginalized girls and women receive an education:

Mohammad Yunus:

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Tawakkol Karman:

Nobel Prize acceptance speech excerpts:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu:

Kofi Annan:

Mother Teresa:

Neil Armstrong:

Oscar Arias Sanchez:

Pope Francis:

Video of Pope Francis at the White House

Video of Pope Francis on Tolerance