10 Amazing Courageous People In History
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
When researching this list, I wanted to find stories that convey the inherent altruistic nature we're all capable of, but don't often hear about. Those unsung heroes that risked everything for a greater good and, for a moment, transcended their own immortality to make the right decision where most others would have hesitated. Some heroes affect one life, while others can change the course of history. Today we'll be looking at 10 courageous people in history and their amazing acts of heroism.
Dr. Daniel Ellsberg leaks the Pentagon Papers to the press, and sticks around to face the music
Long before Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange, there was Dr. Daniel Ellsberg. A strategic analyst employed at a global strategy think tank, he helped to contribute research to a study of classified documents regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War. It wasn’t until late 1969 that Ellsberg became disturbed by the course of the war, and he decided he should do something about it. Photocopying classified documents, he first approached members of the Senate, working throughout 1970 to try and persuade them to release these documents to the Senate. Unsuccessful, he shared the papers with Neil Sheehan of the New York Times, who then published them. After publication, Ellsberg then leaked the papers to other papers, including The Washington Post. Despite facing a number of charges that carried up to 115 years of sentences, Ellsberg stayed in the country instead of being a coward and running. He surrendered to authorities and faced the charges, and in 1973, all of the charges were dismissed.
The Little Rock Nine buck two centuries of tradition to segregate schools
With the call for desegregation echoing throughout the South, actually doing so was proving to be difficult. While the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down outright segregation, many officials were finding ways around this by redrawing school district lines. Governors also got in on the act, forbidding their schools from allowing segregation. In Arkansas, Governor Orval Faubus deployed the Arkansas National Guard to keep a group of nine black students, the Little Rock Nine, from entering the school. This was only the first of many hurdles they would have to face to successfully integrate Little Rock schools, as the nine civil rights pioneers would be subject to bullying, threats, and attacks throughout their time there. Showing incredible will, some of them were able to stick it out and graduate, demonstrating that desegregation could work and paving the way for the future.