Eleanor Roosevelt said, "It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough believe in it. One must work at it."For the past couple of months, I have learned that leadership and peace go very well together. As we think about traits of a leader, many people do not think of the word peaceful. John Lennon once said, "Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you do, something you are and something you give away." Outer peace begins with inner peace, it all starts from within yourself. Peace is a feeling that you want to have everyday. You want to teach others about peace and encourage them to be peaceful. In history, many leaders took a peaceful approach when they felt it was necessary. They refused to use disharmony and negative tactics. Those peaceful leaders spoke up against injustice and change harsh conditions. Leaders who believe unity, love, and peace are the leaders that will make a difference in this world.
Down below I have listed some books to inspire adults and children to make a difference. Embrace those peaceful leaders....
Archbishop Desmond Tutu discusses his belief of unity and forgiveness. God's Dream teaches children that we can disagree with each other and still work together to change the world.
A is for Activist is ABC board book about activism and civil rights. We can start teaching children at an early age to stand up for what they believe in and fight for equality.
Cesar Chavez is known as a great civil rights leader. He lead a peaceful protest march in California. Chavez took charge and spoke up against injustice.
Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakistani girl who took a stand and spoke out about a child's right for education. She was almost killed by a Taliban gunman, but that only made her fight even harder. She has been on multiple TV shows and many books have been written about her fight for education.
The story helps young readers view the life of Nelson Mandela and his courageous fight for freedom. Mandela's story is one that isn't told enough in schools.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s words truly came alive in this book dedicated to his famous speech. My favorite illustrator, Kadir Nelson, did a excellent job bringing a historical event to life through drawings.