Repost from the U.S. Embassy in France: “Aujourd’hui en 1944, 73000 soldats américains débarquaient sur les plages de Normandie. 6603 furent tués lors du débarquement / Today in 1944, 73,000 American forces landed in Normandy on DDay. 6,603 died.”
Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi is on a global mission to save children from enslavement and human trafficking.
via Hollywood on the Potomac: “The 2015 Annual Garden Brunch on the morning of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner once again brought a parade of Hollywood elite and celebrities to gather and mingle before primping for the dinner, but all for a good cause. This year’s beneficiaries, Dog Tag Bakery and Blue Star Families are both groups created for the benefit of veterans and their family members.”
I recently had the incredible honor of celebrating with Kailash Satyarthi as he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for his work to promote children’s rights and education. My time shared with Kailash and his extraordinary family was amazing. I am deeply honored to have had the honor of being with him during this exciting time.
The best part of Kailash’s speech during the award ceremony wasn’t originally supposed to be in the speech. He told the story of a huge fire in the forest, and all the lions started running away from the fire as far as they could get. A little bird went for a sip of water, and holding that water in his mouth he flew straight into the fire. The bird opened its beak and let droplets of water fall on the fire. The lions asked him what he was doing flying directly into the fire. The bird replied, “I was doing my part.”
This story is so symbolic of what the Nobel Peace Prize is all about, and why we’re all here on Earth.
When I think about the recent school shooting in Pakistan, and after listening to both Kailash and Malala Yousafzai give their Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speeches, I can’t help but think that if more individuals did their part, our world would be a better place.
Kailash is not only doing his part, but he’s doing the part of the masses. For one man to stand up is all you can ask for, just like the little bird that did its part while the king of beasts ran away. Kailash has no fear, he just does his part, as we all should be doing.
Many children have been injured or killed trying to escape prostitution and sweatshops, and Kailash has risked his life to help those enslaved children. He has incurred bodily injury, and friends have been killed while helping him fight for the cause. But the sacrifices have saved more than 80,000 children from horrible servitude.
Kailash is an extraordinary man and meeting him was the most incredible experience. I enjoyed every minute we were together and feel so honored to know him.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute announced the expansion of its Higher Education Alliance this month to include all 47 “public” Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a partner of HDI. This expansion will add almost 300,000 students to the Higher Education Alliance, a program that works on college campuses to build global awareness by opening communication between these academic institutions and the United Nations.
Colleges that participate in the Higher Education Alliance host senior ranking UN officials and diplomats, global policymaker and experts in world affairs as guest lecturers. Students also have the opportunity to visit the UN headquarters in New York for orientation sessions, seminars and conferences. Five Thurgood Marshall College Fund schools will be showcased as part of the HDI partnership: Alcorn State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University and Virginia State University.
“HDI is thrilled to expand its relationship with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. TMCF is deeply committed to magnify globalism on each of its campuses and providing each student with more international educational opportunities. The Humpty Dumpty Institute shares this vision and looks forward to working with TMCF to promote stronger ties between the United Nations and the large network of public HBCUs in 22 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Connie Milstein is a co-founder of the Humpty Dumpty Institute and continues to serve as Chairman Emeritus. She is also involved with Refugees International, Blue Star Families and a number of other non-profit organizations.