Tomorrow, September 21, is the International Day of Peace. AMSA Philippines brings you this Peace Campaign where eminent peacemakers share their views on peace. Today, we present to you Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Aung San Suu Kyi's meaning of peace. They all showed non-violence in their battle for freedom, human rights and democracy.
Mandela was the first president of South Africa who was elected democratically. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 together with then South Africa's president Frederik de Klerk.
Luther King was known for his non-violent struggle for equality and civil rights of African-Americans in US. In 1963, he was named Man of the Year by Time magazine. A year after that, he received the Nobel Peace Prize where he donated the prize money to the civil rights movement.
Suu Kyi is an opposition politician in Burma (Myanmar) who had been house arrested for 15 years. She was the 1991 Nobel peace Prize laureate. She also received several awards for her fight for Burma's democracy in the 1990's. But only after her release in 2010 that she was able to deliver her acceptance speeches for these awards.
Let us be inspired by their words and works towards achieving peace and democracy.