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Sarah Mapps Douglass’s Flowers: The First Surviving Art Signed by an African-American Woman
Sarah Mapps Douglass’s Flowers: The First Surviving Art Signed by an African-American Woman

A rose is a rose is a revolution.

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Thrush Song: A Stunning Harmonic Tribute to Rachel Carson’s Courage by Composer Paola Prestini and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Thrush Song: A Stunning Harmonic Tribute to Rachel Carson’s Courage by Composer Paola Prestini and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City

“All the loveliness that is in nature came to me with such a surge of deep happiness.”

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An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’
An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’

“Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives.”

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Elie Wiesel’s Timely Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech on Human Rights and Our Shared Duty in Ending Injustice
Elie Wiesel’s Timely Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech on Human Rights and Our Shared Duty in Ending Injustice

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

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Shepard Fairey on Capitalism, Freedom, Selling Out, and What Makes Great Art
Shepard Fairey on Capitalism, Freedom, Selling Out, and What Makes Great Art

“I believe in capitalism with some checks to chill out the evil greedy element. Capitalism is a way for hard work to yield rewards.”

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The Woman Who Saved the Hawks: Redeeming an Overlooked Pioneer of Conservation
The Woman Who Saved the Hawks: Redeeming an Overlooked Pioneer of Conservation

The story of the countercultural courage and persistence that shaped the modern ecological conscience.

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Urbanism Patron Saint Jane Jacobs on Our Civic Duty in Cultivating Cities That Foster a Creative Life
Urbanism Patron Saint Jane Jacobs on Our Civic Duty in Cultivating Cities That Foster a Creative Life

“People ought to pay more attention to their instincts.”

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How Music Heals the Soul: A Beautiful Conversation with Singer-Songwriter and Peace Activist Morley
How Music Heals the Soul: A Beautiful Conversation with Singer-Songwriter and Peace Activist Morley

“Music is the sound wave of the soul.”

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John Dewey on War, the Future of Pacifism, and Our Individual Role in Peace
John Dewey on War, the Future of Pacifism, and Our Individual Role in Peace

“The present task of the constructive pacifist is to call attention away from the catchwords which so easily in wartime become the substitute for both facts and ideas back to realities.”

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams on How Our Choices Shape the World, Animated
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams on How Our Choices Shape the World, Animated

“Every single thing you do is politics, because the interaction of human beings is politics writ large.”

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