I’m gearing up for the big International Blog Action Day to highlight the topic of Human Rights on October 16th. I haven’t yet settled on a topic to share but I thought I’d share a little of my research along the way.
In 1946, President Harry S. Truman appointed brilliant First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as a delegate to the new United Nations Human Rights Commission. Long committed to human dignity and compassion, she brought that perspective to the table. Here’s a notable quote several years after her appointment:
“Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, closes to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt — Remarks at the United Nations, March 27, 1958
What is this blog action event exactly? A global discussion on human rights. So far, nearly 1500 bloggers are linking hands across 116 countries and 26 languages. There’s still time to join in on this extremely important discussion. Find out more here:
Why would a romance writer want to take part? Because the subject concerns us all, and I wear my heart upon my sleeve.
I’m guest blogging all around town this week:
Author Roxanne Rogerson’s blog October 8th
Author Tina Donahue’s blog October 9th
Author Christina Cole’s blog on October 10th
And, at Author Lisa Chalmers’ blog on October 11th – TODAY
“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”
~ Oliver Wendall Holmes
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