Eleanor Roosevelt lived her life in the center of what many would
regard the 20th Century's most consequential events,
the Great Depression, World War II, the establishment of the
United Nations and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. She confronted both opportunity and adversity with a sense
of optimism and determination.
A Former Democratic presidential candidate, Adlai Stevenson,
once said of Eleanor Roosevelt
"She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness."
When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery
rather than avenge it?