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Peace and Disarmament

Back to listFeb 8, 2005

Boston Research Center for the 21st Century and Wellesley College Cohost Fourth Lecture in the "Women of Courage" Series

The Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (BRC) cosponsored with Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, the fourth lecture of the "Women of Courage Lecture Series," on January 27, at Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA. Launched in 2002, the annual lecture series aims to honor great women in U.S. history who have led the way to establishing lasting peace in areas of nonviolence, human rights, environmental ethics and economic justice.

The fourth lecture honored abolitionist and social reformer Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), who dedicated her life to end slavery and achieve equal rights for women. The guest lecturer was human rights activist Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, whose accomplishments echo Tubman's spirit. Rev. White-Hammond emphasized the following three points one can learn from Tubman's life: 1) indomitable courage for overcoming obstacles; 2) conviction that no effort is ever wasted; and 3) hope in seeds of change one plants, even if there is no chance to see them blossom. Rev. White-Hammond also referred to former South African President Nelson Mandela, whose greatness is that he never lost hope of abolishing racial discrimination, even during his long years of incarceration.