32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World

Trista - February 25, 2019

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor Roosevelt with Marion Anderson in 1939. PBS.

3. “When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.”

Because Marion Anderson was black, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to sing at Constitution Hall. Eleanor was a member of the DAR, but she renounced her membership and then arranged for Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of 75,000 people. At the time, not unlike today, people felt that her moves flew in the face of American values.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Marion Anderson sings in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The New Yorker.

2. “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

FDR died in 1945, but Eleanor’s political career didn’t end until her death. The year after he died, she served on the nascent United Nations Commission on Human Rights as the very first chairperson; she went on to serve on the United Nations General Assembly until her death in 1962.

32 Inspirational Moments Eleanor Roosevelt Gave the World
Eleanor Roosevelt. Biography.

1. “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962. Before her death, President Harry Truman called her “First Lady to the World” for how she championed human rights, both at home and abroad. In 1968, she was posthumously given the Human Rights Prize to commemorate her dedication to those less fortunate than herself. Despite all of the challenges and setbacks she faced early on in life, she became an ultimate force for good.

 

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

“Eleanor Roosevelt.” Wikipedia.

“Finding her voice: Why Eleanor Roosevelt is our favorite wallflower”, by Leslie Gonzalez. History 101. August 29, 2018.

“Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes.” Brainy Quote.

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