Welcome to the penultimate entry of the Heroes For My Children Series. If you missed earlier entries you can see them here: Part 1: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/heroes-for-my-children-part-1audrey/; Part 2 https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/heroes-for-my-children-part-2audrey/; and Part 3 https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/heroes-for-my-children-part-3audrey/.
(The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens)
Reaching the peak of popularity in the ‘70 Cat Steven was a singer song writer whose folk rock touched many people. In 1977 Steven converted to Islam and gave up his music career because the temptations that went with it went against his religious teachings. While the music industry mourned the loss of his music, he changed his name to Yusuf Islam and focused on his spirituality. For the next 25 years he would concentrate on his philanthropic works helping many organizations that helped spread education of Islam, took care of orphans, and other charity causes. He received many humanitarian awards for his work and had peace meeting with President Clinton. After 9/11, he became an unofficial spokes person for the religious mainstream of Islam. He worked tirelessly on promoting the peaceful side of the religion and warned people not be dissuaded from the zealots who caused the tragedies. He was denied entry to the US due to a mistake on the No Fly list, and he handled the situation with grace and aplomb. Yusuf also began his music career. After carefully study, he saw that he could do music and promote his peaceful religion. He started new work and re-release “Peace Train” with all the money benefiting charity. To this day, he continues to perform, give back to the community, and promote the peaceful side of Islam. This man of God is a great hero in our xenophobic world, and I can’t wait to share his music with my children.
Now I’ve been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating
Why can’t we live in bliss
Cause out of the edge of darkness
There rides a Peace Train
Oh Peace Train take this country,
Come take me home again
Sanger is credited with conceiving the word “birth control” and making it possible for women to receive it. Before her, providing birth control or information relating to it was illegal. Sanger worked for many years and opened the first birth control clinic that was quickly shut down. When offered a lenient sentence for saying she would not break the law again, she refused saying that she could not follow the law as it was written. Due to some of her legal battles, it became legal that medical personal could prescribe birth control for health reasons, and she took advantage of this and opened the first legal birth control clinic. Sanger spent her entire life lobbying for these rights for woman and founded the organization that is now known as Planned Parenthood. She published articles and magazines and gave speeches on the topic. While some of her other ideas met with criticism, she is looked upon favorably for changing women’s life, helping women control their bodies, keeping them from dying from self-induced abortions, and powering the feminist movement. One woman changed the world and the lives of the species.
A free race can not be born of slave mothers.
In a generation where Brittney Spears and Lindsay Lohan are the role models for today’s youth, Dushku stands out. She doesn’t look like your typical bleach blonde Valley girl, and she hasn’t flashed her unmentionables to reporters. Instead she has taken a variety of roles many playing strong female leads and doing her own stunts. While she is recognized for her movie and TV work, she is also an avid philanthropist giving to charities in Boston and beyond, as well as being an advocate for equality. Currently her pet project is a documentary on Albania where her father is from. Currently dating Rick Fox, she sees beyond the skin to see what people truly have inside. This is the hallmark of a quality actor.
Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose?