Here is an article I wrote for the company, Globe Of Love. The article focuses on ten inspiring historical figures who inspire me in a number of ways, whether it be through their own challenged they faced, or the troubles which was in the time period they were in, each person puts things in perspective.
Gandhi employed non-violent civil disobedience which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and self-determination across the world. He lived a simple life, eating vegetarian food and fasting, focusing on easing poverty, expanding women’s rights and building religious and ethnic amity.
Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first leading black chief executive. He stood up for his own rights and aimed to dismantle the apartheid and all that stood for including racism and poverty. Despite being jailed for twenty seven years in his own country, he later became president of South Africa and applied all his efforts to charity work.
Winston Churchill, who was the prime minister of the UK, stuck by his instincts against Adolf Hitler and led the country from the brink of defeat to victory. Although having a lisp throughout his career, Winston gave powerful speeches that moved the nation and worked through his bouts of depression with the creation of fantastic art.
Although not as highly educated as other writers in that period such as Marlowe, William Shakespeare continued with his aspirations creating incredible plays to be performed with new ideas of rhyme and rhythm, as well as a fantastical world which introduced the public to a new way of thinking.
Emily Pankhurst, a famous British political activist whom supported and led the British suffragette movement. Living in a world dominated by men, she did not take no for an answer and strived for sexual equality. Although her tactics were shunned upon, she threw her life on the line for the cause.
Rosa Parks, or more commonly known as “the first lady of civil rights” voiced her own anguish towards racial segregation by defying a bus conductor’s order of giving up her seat for a white person. This act then created a strong turning point on the path leading to equality and racial justice against segregation in America.
Martin Luther King
Although being horrifically beaten as a child and suffering from depression throughout his life, King became an inspirational leader in his fight for racial justice in America. For years King faced humiliation, anger, hatred and violence from the public and the police whilst he consistently demonstrated non-violent forms of protest.
Helen Keller, although born deaf and blind, determinedly learnt how to read and write highlighting that with perseverance and dedication you can achieve anything. She then went on to write many books and campaigned for woman’s suffrage, labour rights and founded an organization devoted to research in vision, health and nutrition.
At a young age Beethoven lost his mother to an unknown illness and his father to alcoholism leaving him to look after his brothers. He fell in love with music, piano and performativity and became a composer. Although turning deaf at the height of his career, Beethoven still carried on with his passion composing music although he could not hear or play music himself.
A normal girl in everyday life whom thinks of boys and books who then gets caught up in horrific crimes against humanity. Although living in hiding from the Nazis, throughout she is consistently positive and optimistic, demonstrating to all of us that we should never give up hope.