MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (1929-1968): His victories helped expand the rights of many African Americans. He touched the lives of many with his many accomplishments, strategies ans speeches. He spoke out fearlessly against segregation, economic, social and political inequality. He spoke against racism, economic inequality and the Vietnam war. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He is also known for his famous speech “I have a dream.” This speech reflects what King stood for. He was assassinated in 1968. MAHATMA GANDHI (1869-1948) : Gandhi was motivated to serve the poorest of the poor. He used the power of love, peace and tolerance to achieve independence of his country, India. Gandhi had the courage to stand for something. He used love, non-violence and peace as a powerful tool of social, economic and political change. Gandhi’s enduring legacy continues to inspire and motivate millions of people around the world. ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI (1181-1226) : The venerable St Francis of Assis life mirrored the life of Jesus Christ. He served the poor and the neglected. He called all creatures his brothers and sisters out of his true love for God, humanity and nature. We should be inspired by his famous prayer which begins, ‘Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love. This is a testimony to his unconditional love for humanity. NELSON MANDELA (1918- ) : Nelson Mandela was the first South Africa President to be elected in a democratic election. He is a lawyer and author of the long walk to freedom. His life personifies struggle. He fought against apartheid, economic, social and political inequality. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for standing up against injustice and oppression in the society. He was released on February 11th 1990. Mandela and F.W. DE Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating South Africa’s transition to multiracial democracy. Mandela remains Africa’s hero. MOTHER TERESA (1910-1997): Mother Teresa spent her life providing service to the poorest of the poor. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, which consisted of over 4,500 sisters in 2012 and is active in 133 countries. The missionaries of Charity at the time of her passing away had 610 Missions, including hospitals, and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. The mission provides soup kitchens, children and family counseling programs, orphanages and schools which gave dignity to the living and dying. AUNG SAN SUU KYI (1945- ) : Her life is dedicated to freedom, peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights. She had been detained under house arrest in Burma for over a decade for fighting for democracy and justice. Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace P rize in 1991.