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Contemporary human rights activists
Lucas, Eileen.
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New York, NY : Facts On File, [1997]

Physical Description:
xiii, 125 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Profiles ten significant figures in the world-wide struggle for human rights, including Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Joan Baez, Jimmy Carter, and Fang Lizhi.
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JC571 .L83 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Global Profiles provides current, thorough coverage of some of the most significant figures in history. Each volume offers eight to thirteen essays on individuals who are associated with a particular movement, event, or vocation.

Each volume begins with a thematic introduction. The profile of each individual includes essential biographical information, a description of the subject's critical achievements and contributions, and an assessment of the individual's significance in the broad context of world history.

Here are ten individuals who have struggled to improve the human condition.

-- Mother Teresa
-- Peter Benenson
-- Jimmy Carter
-- Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu
-- Hebe de Bonafini and Maria Adela de Antokoletz
-- Fang Lizhi
-- Joan Baez
-- Aung San Suu Kyi
-- Rigoberta Menchu.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. This collective biography in the new Global Profiles series contains a brief introduction defining the concept of basic human rights and chronicling the post^-World War II rise of the modern human rights movement, followed by concise (10-to 12-page) profiles of 10 current human rights activists, among them four Nobel Peace Prize winners. Those profiled include familiar figures such as Mother Theresa and Desmond Tutu, as well as individuals whom YAs may not recognize (Fang Lizhi, Rigoberta Menchu). The profiles begin with short, vivid scenes that will pique readers' interest and continue with necessary historical background, basic biographical information, and brief discussions of major achievements. Many high-school students will find Gale's Contemporary Heroes and Heroines and ABC-CLIO's Heroes of Conscience of more help in beginning research on current human rights leaders, but middle-and junior-high-school students will find this work highly useful as a jumping-off point for report research. To be illustrated with black-and-white photographs, the book contains boxed quotations, chronologies, and brief, annotated reading lists (print only) for research. --Jean Franklin