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World Day of Social Justice

On World Day of Social Justice (February 20), we celebrate heroes who worked to remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability--so all people can live to their full potential with dignity.

Credit: Stephen Melkisethian [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] via Flickr. February 2014 Moral March On Raleigh.

Introduction

Social Justice is equal access for all citizens to wealth, opportunities, education and personal safety within a society. 

 

"Social justice may be broadly understood as the fair and compassionate distribution of the fruits of economic growth.”

- United Nations

 

“Social justice... imposes on each of us a personal responsibility to work with others to design and continually perfect our institutions as tools for personal and social development.”

- Center for Economic and Social Justice

 

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Produced by:Austin Wilkin/Grace Lee
Grace Lee Boggs is a 95-year-old Chinese American philosopher and activist. She's participated in a century's worth of social justice movements and she has no plans of slowing down.

Women's Rights - PSA (2:35)

Produced by:Rajat Diwan

By boldly illustrating young women disguising themselves as young men, this PSA calls attention to the grave issue of women's safety and equal opportunity in India.

Edible City - Joy Moore

Produced by:Andrew Hasse
Joy Moore, longtime food activist, teaches gardening and nutrition to high schoolers at Berkeley Technology Academy, makes them smoothies, and discusses her views on social justice, food, and education.

PROJECT CORAZON Matamoros

Sandi Bachom
On August 24, 2019, a group of volunteer lawyers from Lawyers For Good Government walked across the border at Matamoros, Mexico to help asylum seekers.

Additional Content on Social Justice

Curated by My Hero Staff

Stories


Muhammad Yunus

By: Raeesah from San Diego

Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner who founded the Grameen Bank, which gives bank loans to poor entrepreneurs. 

Chen Guangcheng

By: Soham Pawaskar

Chen Guangcheng, nicknamed the "Barefoot Lawyer," is a blind Chinese civil rights activist who focuses on women's rights, the welfare of the poor, and land rights.

2019 MY HERO Global Educator Award Winner Melinda Gates

By: Betty Bailey
Melinda Gates' women heroes in Africa and India teach her how to uplift the women in their communities through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Iqbal Masih

By: Arushi Dogra from San Diego

Iqbal Masih was a Pakistani child slave who escaped and became an activist against child labor.

Listen & Read Along


Cesar Chavez

By: Annie from San Diego

Cesar Chavez was a tireless advocate for migrant farm workers in California.

Dolores Huerta

By: Amy from Hillsborough, North Carolina

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who worked with Cesar Chavez to found the United Farm Workers. [Also Available in Spanish]

Art


Desmond Tutu, Global leader in advocating equality, compassion and justice for all

By: Steph Eberlein, Joe Lindley, Jake Fusilier

Pat Humphries Singer Songwriter Dedicated to promoting Social Justice

By: Robert Shetterly

Mother Teresa was canonized as a Saint for her work with the victims of extreme poverty

By: Michaelle from Laguna Beach

Nelson Mandela-Hero for Generations by D Basasira

By: David Basasira
Uncorruptable: In his fight for equality among races in South Africa, Nelson Mandela is a Hero for Generations
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Credit: MY HERO

Related Pages


PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM SCREENING

By: Wendy Milette
Enjoy these inspiring short films featuring peace and social justice heroes!

Links


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Share Your Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program


Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.

Submit your artwork to be entered in the MY HERO art contest or to be exhibited on our Gallery Homepage.

Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.

Our Curators


 

Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Victoria Murphy. 

Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editor and Writer Shannon Luders-Manuel.

 

Short films curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette


Organizer created on 2/6/2014 12:43:32 PM by Becky Miller

Last edited 2/18/2020 3:50:25 PM by Shannon Luders-Manuel

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