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Confronting Bigotry: Lessons from a Houston Restaurant

A Houston waiter is being hailed as an everyday hero after he refused to serve a customer.  "Special needs children should be special somewhere else."  This was the ugly sentiment uttered as a man and his party moved tables at a restaurant after apparently being offended by the presence of a 5 year-old child with Down syndrome.  The waiter heard this, and then announced to the bigot, "I cannot serve you."  The man and his group quickly left. 

Heroes you should know: Jean Vanier

 “Individualistic material progress and the desire to gain prestige by coming out on top have taken over from the sense of fellowship, compassion and community. Now people live more or less on their own in a small house, jealously guarding their goods and planning to acquire more, with a notice on the gate that says, 'Beware of the Dog.”  -Jean Vanier 

Heroes you should know: Rachel Carson

 “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”  -Rachel Carson Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, an acclaimed non-fiction author, and a conservationist who is considered by many to be the inspiration of the modern environmental movement. 

Heroes you should know: Frances Perkins

 “Contentment tends to breed laxity, but a healthy discontent keeps us alert to the changing needs of our time."  –Frances Perkins Frances Perkins (April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) was the first woman named to the United States Presidential Cabinet, and as Secretary of Labor for Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s entire term was arguably the conscience of the New Deal Era. 

Heroes you should know: Witold Pilecki

 “During the first 3 years at Auschwitz, 2 million people died; over the next 2 years - 3 million.”  -Witold Pilecki

Heroes you should know: Lou Xiaoying

 

Heroes you should know: Eric Liddell

 

Heroes you should know: Elizabeth Blackwell

Heroes you should know: Jane Addams

 

Heroes you should know: Gino Bartali

  

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