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Famous People: Human Rights Heroes

These sites are about people who fought for human rights, including Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, and more. Read the United Nations’ official Declaration of Human Rights. There are links to eThemes Resources on Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, and Dred Scott.


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This site offers several biographies of people famous for fighting for human rights. Scroll way down past the yellow box for links to the heroes that include Eleanor Roosevelt, Ghandi, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, and Dalai Lama. The page also has the full text of the United Nations General Assembly Universal Declaration of Human Rights. NOTE: The site includes many external links on each biography page that teachers should preview before sharing with students. There are also links to two discussion boards.
This site for kids focuses on teaching them tolerance and helps them understand the importance of protecting human rights. There are sections for teachers and parents.
his site has an interactive escape on the Underground Railroad. After entering the site, use the dropdown box to go to "Faces of Freedom" for short biographies and portraits. Includes a timeline of African-American history and lesson plans sorted by age and grade level.
Read a brief biography of Harriet Tubman, a famous abolitionist.
Based on the PBS film of the same title, this site is about Kofi Annan, the secretary general of the United Nations. Includes an interactive life map with photographs, a timeline, descriptions of the offices of the UN, and facts about the Secretary General's daily activities.
This White House history page presents information about Eleanor Roosevelt, her work with FDR, and her human rights activities. Includes a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. Note: The link to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library is broken.
This biography of Cesar Chavez includes information about his life and work with the United Farm Workers of America. NOTE: This site has a guestbook.
This page has a mailing address that students can use to send letters to former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. There are links to the left for their biographies.
Read a biography of Thurgood Marshall, the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice and a defender of human rights.
These sites are about Ruby Bridges and her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Read about the Ruby Bridges Foundation. Includes classroom activities, biographies, interviews, and photographs, plus information about a movie and books based on her life.
Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership in the 1960s American civil rights movement. Includes documentary photography on the marches and protests, interactive timelines about his life, and audio and text files of his speeches.
Read about Rosa Parks and her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Learn the truth behind some of the myths surrounding her story. Includes biographies, photographs, and interviews. There are also some audio and video clips, plus a link to eThemes Resources on the Civil Rights Movement and famous black Americans.
These sites are about Abraham Lincoln and include many primary documents. Learn about America's famous 16th president and the difficult time period he lived in. Includes timelines, biographies, and famous speeches. View photographs of Lincoln and two memorials that honor him. There is also information about John Wilkes Booth and Ford Theatre.
Read about Dred Scott, the famous slave who sued in court for his freedom. Find out what the Supreme Court's ruling meant for all slaves. Includes biographies, primary documents, and newspaper editorials from the time period.
Read about Helen Keller, a deafblind woman who fought for the rights of people with vision and hearing problems. Learn how she communicated with others and used this talent to share her ideas and beliefs. Includes letters, memorabilia, and several photographs, plus suggested classroom activities.

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