66 year anniversary of the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt drafted the document. Worth revisiting in light of CIA torture and police militarization in the news: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
October 1, 1994: First Lady brought White House position into 20th-century; Advocated for peace + justice
Eleanor Roosevelt was the first 20th-century first lady. Contrary to previous first lady’s, who stayed in the background and served as a representation of domesticity, Mrs. Roosevelt openly campaigned for causes during her time in office, including public disagreements with the President.
“For it isn’t enough to talk of peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
She openly advocated for the rights of labor, African-Americans, Native Americans, Japanese-Americans (during a time when many were forced into internment camps) and human rights throughout the world. Both as the first lady and later as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, Roosevelt used her platform and influence as a force for good…
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