In Pursuit of Peace

“The best weapon is to sit down and talk.” ~ Nelson Mandela

 

Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya


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A Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist.

On 7 October 2006 Anna was murdered in the lift of her block of flats

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King


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Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King advanced civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

Posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi


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The preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama


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An active champion of human rights and the promotion of universal responsibility.

The 14th Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is known for his advocacy for Tibetans worldwide and his lifelong interest in modern science.

Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khān

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan


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A political and spiritual leader known for his nonviolent opposition to British rule and for strongly opposing the partition of India.

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was lifelong pacifist and devout Muslim

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Leo Tolstoy


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A Russian writer whose works are considered among the finest achievements of literature.

Best known for the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina which are often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Thích Nhất Hạnh


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A Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.

Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict.

Helen Keller

Helen Keller


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An American author, political activist, and lecturer.

Helen was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree and went on to enjoy great success as a widely read author.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein


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Winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.

A theoretical physicist, Einstein developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).

Bertha Von Suttner

Bertha von Suttner


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A Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist.

The first woman to be solely awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1897 she urged the establishment of an International Court of Justice.

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw


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A Nobel-Prize (1925) and Oscar-winning Irish playwright, critic and socialist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics stretched from the 1880s to his death in 1950.

Evelyn Underhill

Evelyn Underhill


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An influencial poet and novelist, pacifist and mystic.

Evelyn wrote numerous works on religion and spiritual practice.

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly


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An American peace activist, pacifist and author.

Arrested more than sixty times at home and abroad, Kathy has written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons.

James Keir Hardie

James Keir Hardie


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A Scottish socialist and the first Labour Member of the UK Parliament.

James supported votes for women, self-rule for India, home-rule for Scotland, and an end to segregation in South Africa.

Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain


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An English writer, feminist, and pacifist. Her 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey towards pacifism.

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley


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An English writer, novelist, philosopher.

Best known for his novels including Brave New World, a literary masterpiece that takes place in a densely imagined dystopian state.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau


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An American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian.

Anne Henrietta Martin

Anne Henrietta Martin


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A suffragist, pacifist, and author from the U.S. state of Nevada. Anne was the first American woman to run for the United States Senate.

Michael Tippett

Michael Tippett


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A leading British composer of the 20th century.

Michael rose to prominence following his masterpiece Concerto for Double String Orchestra.

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell


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Nobel Prize in Literature (1950).

A British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist.