Aung San Suu Kyi is the democratic leader of Burma who withstood 11 years of house arrest to protest against a regime that denied people their basic human rights. Courage to Aung San is “cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one’s actions … ‘grace under pressure’”.
Martin Luther King led the civil rights movement that abolished racial segregation in America.
A journey that started with a hatred of the injustice against blacks, took him through the fear of personal persecution to a place of unconditional love which guaranteed non-violent protest. For King believed that “ultimately along the way of life an individual must stand up and be counted and be willing to face the consequences, whatever they are. If he is filled with fear he cannot do it”. His fight for equality changed society but ultimately cost him his life. King was assassinated at the age of 39.
See blog post Dietrich Bonhoeffer – A Man of Courage