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Hero's Heroes

Abraham Lincoln's Life, Leadership, & Legacy:

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Reveals the Man Behind the Icon

Anne Frank & Miep Gies
are heroes to Freedom Writers founder and teacher, Erin Gruwell.

Captain Nemo
inspired hero, Dr. Robert Ballard to explore the sea.

Curtis Mayfield
who is Doreen Van Lee's hero, was an influential singer and songwriter.

Dan & Amy Eldon
are not only Kathy Eldon's children; they are also her heroes.

Dan Eldon
inspired Kathy Eldon with his art, his poetry and his life.

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays
mentored Reverend Calvin O. Butts, who is now pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Congressman John Lewis talks about how Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired him as a young man during the Civil Rights Movement

Duke Ellington
inspires Pulitzer Prize-winning musician Wynton Marsalis.

Among Robert Ballard's heroes are Jason and the Argonauts, Captain Nemo, Captain Cook and Joseph Campbell.

Fridtjof Nansen
was a scientist, explorer, humanitarian and diplomat.

Heroic Women
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai writes about the heroic women who have inspired her.

Hilda Solis' Heroes
the U.S. Latina Secretary of Labor

Jimmy Carter
For as long as she can remember, Sherry Lansing has considered President Carter her hero.

Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta
is Kerry Kennedy's hero because of his human rights work in East Timor.

Joseph Rotblat
is a hero and a friend to Nobel Peace Prize-winning doctor, Bernard Lown.

My Brother, Shafeek
Ralph Nader talks about his hero, his brother, Shafeek Nader.

My Father, Arthur Newman
Actor, businessman, philanthropist Paul Newman on his dad.

My Father, Ronald Reagan
talks about his father's examples and those of the Tibetan Monks and Nelson Mandela

My Father, Rupfure Thomas & Nelson Mandela
and Rupfure Thomas are heroes to lifesaver Paul Rusesabagina.

My Sister: Jennifer Bird
Women's basketball star Sue Bird talks about her sister and her hero: Jen Bird

My Teachers
: Billie Jean King honors her teachers in her essay featured in My Hero.

Nelson Mandela
Children's troubadour Raffi writes about his hero, Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
is Muhammad Ali's hero because he understands what it means to fight against enormous odds

Paul Robeson's Heroes
include Denmark Vesey, Frederick Douglass, and Jawarahal Nehru.

The Berra Brothers
Baseball hero, Yogi Berra, credits his brothers for making his baseball career possible

Vedran Smailovic
'The Cellist of Sarajevo,' is Peacemaker Jason Crowe's hero.

William Beebe
Sylvia Earle's hero, was a deep-sea diver and naturalist.


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