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Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice

Teaching Activity. Essay by Howard Zinn and lesson by Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools. 17 pages. Students research and share stories about unsung heroes in U.S. history.

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You can no more win a war, than you can win an earthquake.” —Jeannette Rankin

Schools help teach students who “we” are. And as Howard Zinn points out in his essay “Unsung Heroes,” too often the curricular “we” are the great slaveholders, plunderers, imperialists, and captains of industry of yesteryear.

Thus when we teach about the genocide Columbus launched against the Taínos, or Washington’s scorched-earth war on the Iroquois, or even Abraham Lincoln’s promise in his first inaugural address to support a constitutional amendment making slavery permanent in Southern states, some students may experience this new information as a personal loss. In part, as Zinn suggests, this is because they’ve been denied a more honorable past with which to identify — one that acknowledges racism and exploitation, but also highlights courageous initiatives for social equality and justice.

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From the opening of the “Unsung Heroes” essay by Howard Zinn

A high school student recently confronted me: “I read in your book A People’s History of the United States about the massacres of Indians, the long history of racism, the persistence of poverty in the richest country in the world, the senseless wars. How can I keep from being thoroughly alienated and depressed?”

It’s a question I’ve heard many times before. Another question often put to me by students is: Don’t we need our national idols? You are taking down all our national heroes — the Founding Fathers, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy. Granted, it is good to have historical figures we can admire and emulate. But why hold up as models the 55 rich white men who drafted the Constitution as a way of establishing a government that would protect the interests of their class — slaveholders, merchants, bondholders, land speculators?

Why not recall the humanitarianism of William Penn, an early colonist who made peace with the Delaware Indians instead of warring on them, as other colonial leaders were doing?”

▸ Continue reading this essay by Howard Zinn in the downloadable PDF .

Classroom Story

“ Unsung Heroes ” is a lesson I’ve used every year. It is always a hit with my students, who are engaged and ask important questions during this unit. When students embody those heroic figures I hope they emulate, it is also important identity work which is critical during the middle school years that my students find themselves in.

Students always say that they never knew there were so many people who had to struggle for equality in the U.S. It is edifying for me when students say, “She looks like me!” regarding one of the heroes, or otherwise find ways to relate their own lives to the lives of figures who helped in the struggle for equality.

Rethinking Our Classroms Vol. 2 (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project

This lesson was published by  Rethinking Schools  in Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 2: Teaching For Equity and Justice . For more lessons like “Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice,” order Rethinking Our Classrooms, Vol. 2 with a collection of from-the-classroom articles, curriculum ideas, lesson plans, poetry, and resources — all grounded in the realities of school life, edited by Bill Bigelow, Brenda Harvey, and Stan Karp.

A similar lesson is available from Teaching for Change called “ Resistance 101: A Lesson on Social Justice Activists and Strategies .”

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When are you going to add in the story of Catholic institution building, anti-Catholic bias in the 19th and twentieth centuries, and add the names of Catholic women, especially nuns and sisters, who worked to overcome barriers erected by the majority culture during this time? None of this is in textbooks I have read over the course of my college education: from freshman through the doctoral levels.

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Teachers, let’s make sure we use this plan and even expand on it when helping students choose a topic for their National History Day 2017 project. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History”…its begging our students to research those who have stood for justice.

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Thank you for adding truth to the study of our past… When humans hide the imperfections and demons among us, truth loses and the injustices and imperfections in our past keep their un-warranted power.

Thank you for you enlightening work.

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20 Unsung Heroes from History

By zoë randolph | dec 20, 2021.

Unsung heroes from history.

History may be written by the victors, but it’s high time some of history’s quieter contributors got the attention they deserve. From medical breakthroughs to fearless adventurers, this group of historical heavyweights all deserve to be household names.

1. Henrietta Lacks // Immortal Cells

Henrietta Lacks died in 1951, but parts of her live on to this day. Since the time they were taken from her (without her knowledge) during a medical examination at Johns Hopkins, cells collected from her cervix tissue have remained alive—and thriving.

Lacks was one of many Black people whose bodies contributed to nonconsensual medical experiments at Johns Hopkins  and beyond in the mid-20th century. Cells collected from others had died, but the ones lifted from Lacks’s tissue under the legitimizing sheen of medical treatment proved, shockingly, to divide again and again. The immortal "HeLa cells" have gone on to provide the foundation for two Nobel Prizes, nearly 20,000 patents, and countless medical advances. But it wasn’t until 20 years after Lacks’s death that anyone—including her family—knew they’d belonged to her.

2. Tenzing Norgay // A Climber Above

Before summiting Mount Everest was the pinnacle of every daredevil’s bucket list, a Nepali-Indian man by the name of Tenzing Norgay (born Namgyal Wangdi) became one of the first people to finish the daring trek.

For years, Norgay had served as a Sherpa, aiding in several unsuccessful attempts by British, Canadian, and Swiss mountaineering parties throughout the 1930s and ‘40s to reach Everest's elusive summit. Then, in 1953, he joined the expedition of John Hunt, a British Army officer, and ultimately accompanied fellow expedition member Edmund Hillary (whom Norgay had saved from a dangerous fall in a previous mission) to make the final ascent. Norgay went on to publish several books about his experiences.

3. Virginia Apgar // Better Health for Newborns

Virginia Apgar examining a newborn baby.

Despite graduating fourth in her class at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1933, Virginia Apgar faced a host of setbacks in the early decades of her career. She initially worked in surgery, though was discouraged from continuing by the chair. Later, when she returned to Columbia as director of anesthesia in 1938, she had to contend with lower pay and her colleagues’ lack of respect for the then-undervalued field.

By the mid-1940s, however, things began to look up. Anesthesia became better respected, helping propel Apgar to the position of professor at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons—the first woman to have the job. The work Apgar is best remembered for came in the 1950s when she developed a system for assessing the health of newborns. The Apgar Score is still used to this day.

4. Enheduanna // Tales for the Ages

The daughter of Sumerian royalty, Enheduanna had a busy schedule. In addition to serving as high priestess in one of the area’s most important temples, she also found the time to cement herself as the earliest identified author in the world. Among her writings are 42 hymns and a personal devotion to a goddess (which also features a recounting of her own exile from the ancient city of Ur).

Enheduanna lived in around 2300 BCE, but her return to relevance didn’t come until the 1950s, when the first academic papers drew on 1927 archaeological discoveries during the excavation of Ur to examine her work and legacy.

5. Maurice Hilleman // Vaccine Maven

Ever wondered why you haven’t come down with measles , mumps, or rubella recently? You can thank Maurice Hillerman , a Depression-era farm boy turned virologist who earned a microbiology and chemistry Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1944. For the next 60 years, Hillerman was tenacious in his battle against viruses and his quick work likely helped avert a pandemic in 1957.

In spite (or maybe because) of his brilliance, he wasn’t always one for convention. When his daughter came down with the mumps in 1963, he swabbed her throat and had a vaccine developed just four years later. By the end of his career, he’d developed more than 40 vaccines.

6. Rosalind Franklin // The Third Contributor to the Double Helix

When most people think of DNA, they think of two pairs—the double-helix and Watson and Crick. James Watson and James Crick revolutionized the scientific world when they published their model of DNA. And while the two were duly lauded, few knew that there had been a third (and unwitting) contributor: Rosalind Franklin .

Franklin, as it happened, had also been working to uncover the structure of DNA , and had a now-famous photograph among her research. When an estranged work partner showed Franklin’s unpublished research to Watson and Crick, they ultimately built their final model in part off of her findings. For years afterward, Franklin’s critical contributions were all but erased.

7. Ignaz Semmelweis // Hygiene Pioneer

Wash my hands ? Before performing surgery? Hard pass. That was the (paraphrased) reaction to Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis ’s 1846 suggestion that maybe, just maybe, his medical colleagues should disinfect their hands and tools between handling cadavers and helping to deliver newborns.

When he implemented this simple requirement in his Vienna hospital department, death rates among new moms plummeted. Germ theory hadn’t yet been established, which meant Semmelweis couldn’t explain why his practice worked, only that it clearly did. Despite the dramatic results, doctors didn’t take kindly to the implication that they were to blame for patients’ deaths, and Semmelweis ’s pugnacious attitude didn’t win him many allies. Eventually, he lost his job, and his former staff abandoned the practice.

8. Ibn Battuta // “One of the Greatest Travelers of All Time”

No one can say for sure exactly how many places Ibn Battuta visited, but all can agree on one thing: It was a very high number. Battuta got the travel bug in 1325, when he set off from his hometown of Tangier on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Along the way, Battuta made pit stops in Egypt and Syria and dropped by some of history’s most famous cities, including Alexandria and Jerusalem.

After his pilgrimage was over, he decided it wasn’t time yet to return home. He set out instead through the Middle East and India, and later sailed the Red Sea and saw the Horn of Africa. He may even have spent time in China (where he saw the Great Wall), as well as Spain and Mali, and even crossed the Sahara Desert. Home in Morocco after 30 years of adventure, he told his story to a poet, who turned it into the Rihla, which has become an invaluable historical text for modern scholars.

9. John Tradescant // Collector of Oddities

John Tradescant was a public museum pioneer.

Over the course of his career gathering seeds and bulbs for his work as a gardener to English nobility, John Tradescant acquired a host of oddities ranging from exotic animals like salamanders and pelicans to mythological artifacts like the egg of a dragon .

In 1628, Tradescant opened his home to the public, charging them sixpence to enter and see his curiosities. It quickly became a must-see London attraction, and ultimately gave rise to the modern Ashmolean Museum in Oxford—the world's first public museum .

10. Bayard Rustin // Civil Rights Leader

Long before the Civil Rights movement began gaining steam in the late 1950s, Bayard Rustin had already gained the attention of federal authorities over his demands for equality. As early as the 1930s, he was protesting the racial segregation in the U.S. military and traveled the country making speeches. In 1963, Rustin and A. Philip Randolph teamed up with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  to plan the March on Washington.

Though many of his contemporaries became household names, Rustin often stayed behind the scenes, in part because he was a gay man. In the 1980s, however, Rustin began to speak openly about his sexuality and advocate for gay rights.

11. Alexander Fleming // Discovery of Penicillin

While serving in the Army Medical Corps during World War I , Scottish physician and scientist Alexander Fleming watched as soldiers died as a result of infected wounds. His observations led him to write an article on the topic that went unaccepted in the journals of the day.

In 1928, he inadvertently discovered a bacteria-killing mold after leaving a Petri dish uncovered near   an open   window. After determining it was part of the Penicillium genus, he published a 1929 paper about the discovery he’d since named penicillin. Initially largely ignored, penicillin caught the attention of two scientists in 1940, who began mass-producing it during the Second World War . “I did not invent penicillin. Nature did that,” Fleming later said. “I only discovered it by accident.”

12. Mildred and Richard Loving // Fighters for Interracial Love

Mildred and Richard Loving ’s 1958 marriage was entirely normal, except for the fact that it happened to be illegal in Virginia, their home state. The problem? Richard was white, and Mildred was Black and Native American, which violated the states’ so-called Racial Integrity Act. After being arrested just five weeks into their marriage, the couple was told they could either go to prison or stay out of the state for the next 25 years.

But the couple wanted to live at home, so after trying to create a new life in Washington, D.C., they contacted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and sued the state. After multiple appeals, the case landed in the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1967, the justices announced a unanimous decision that made the Virginia law (and with it, laws on the books in 15 other states) unconstitutional.

13. Wendell Smith // Pioneering Black Sportswriter

Wendell Smith grew up wanting to play sports, not write about them. But despite attention from a scout from the Detroit Tigers, being a Black man in the 1930s meant a career as a major league ballplayer was out of the question.

Instead, Smith went to college and became a sportswriter for the Pittsburgh Courier , at which he made a splash after interviewing more than 50 white players and managers about baseball’s color line. Smith used his findings (75 percent said they’d welcome Black players) to pressure the MLB, and ultimately connected Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey with Jackie Robinson . Once Robinson was signed, Smith stayed with him to support his transition, all while continuing his writing career. Smith went on to become the first Black sportswriter at a white newspaper.

14. Alexander Mackenzie // The First European to Cross the North American Continent

More than a decade before Lewis and Clark’s famous cross-continent trek, another European explorer claimed the title of first to cross North America (north of Mexico). In 1788, Alexander Mackenzie replaced Peter Pond as head of operations for the fur-trading North West Company. Pond had theorized that Cook’s River ultimately emptied out into the Pacific, and Mackenzie decided to test this hypothesis in the hopes that it would open up new trade routes.

The river, it transpired, actually went north, and after a brief detour to the Arctic Ocean, Mackenzie came home and decided to try again. In 1793, he set out on a different route alongside a party that included both fellow members of the North West Company and First Nations advisors. Miraculously, the group made it to the Pacific Ocean in one piece and successfully returned home. While it was too treacherous for a trade route, his resulting maps vastly improved global understanding of North American geography.

15. Karl Schwarzschild // Physics from the Battlefield

When Albert Einstein published field equations of general relativity in 1915, he didn’t expect to live to see them solved. But apparently, even geniuses are wrong once in a while.

In the very same year, one Karl Schwarzchild , a Jewish-German army lieutenant who’d volunteered to fight in World War I (he was 40 at the time) somehow found the time to publish not one but three scientific papers. The two that covered general relativity included the first exact solutions to Einstein’s field equations. Sadly, what more Schwarzchild could have achieved remains a mystery: He died only a year later.

16. Lavinia Fontana // Europe’s First Professional Female Painter

Lavinia Fontana's Self-Portrait in the Studio, 1579.

Born in 1552 to a painter in Bologna, Lavina Fontana displayed artistic promise from an early age. Her father spotted her talent and even used her earning potential as a way to evade paying a dowry in her marriage to a wealthy merchant.

When she wasn’t busy birthing 11 children, Fontana established herself as Europe’s first professional female painter, becoming a coveted portrait artist for the noblewomen of the age. As her fame grew, so did her client list, which eventually included the Catholic Church and the king of Spain. In 1603, she was inducted into an all-male Academy of St. Luke.

17. Louis Braille // Making Reading Possible for the Blind

Just 12 years after accidentally blinding himself at the age of 3, Louis Braille developed a system of writing for the blind made up of raised dots. Five years later, he published a book on the subject (in Braille, of course).

Braille went on to have a successful career in education, teaching algebra, grammar, music, and geography at the New School for the Blind in Paris and becoming its first blind full professor.

18. Andrée Borrel // Fearless Resistance Fighter

Andrée Borrel began World War II as a nurse, but when her hospital closed in 1941, she and her coworker, Maurice Dufour, went into a more dangerous line of work. Near the border with Spain, Borrell and Dufour began operating Villa Rene-Therese, the last safe house in a network that helped people at risk escape Nazi-controlled France.

When the network was compromised, she escaped to England, where she joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in 1942. After training, she parachuted back into France (the first woman to do so) and worked there as a courier for resistance networks, as a saboteur, and more. In 1943, she was arrested by the Gestapo but refused to talk under interrogation. A year later, she was executed in Germany.

19. Private Henry Johnson // Forgotten War Hero

The American military had little use for the Harlem Hellfighters (otherwise known as the 369th Infantry Regiment). They were an all-Black division, which in World War I meant the Army paid little interest in them .  But France badly needed soldiers, so Private Henry Johnson and the rest of the regiment were shipped overseas, where they received French gear and served under French authority.

One night, when Johnson and another man were stationed on middle-of-the-night guard duty, a group of German forces attacked. When his fellow soldier went down, Johnson was left alone to fend off the growing group of enemies descending upon him. Once he used up his available grenades and ammunition, he resorted to a bolo knife, with which he somehow managed to kill four Germans and injure between 10 and 20 others, all while sporting bullet wounds in his head, side, hands, and arms.

For his bravery, Johnson was awarded the highest honor in the French military: the Croix du Guerre. Despite his French accolades, he received few honors at home and was unable to take advantage of veteran programs made available to white soldiers. He soon found himself unemployed and died young. Johnson finally received a posthumous Purple Heart in 1996 and the Medal of Honor in 2015

20. Sarah Breedlove (a.k.a. Madam C.J. Walker) // The First Black Woman Millionaire

Born to formerly enslaved parents, orphaned at the age of 6, married at 14, and widowed by 20, Sarah Breedlove had no obvious avenues to success. With her 2-year-old in tow, she worked as a laundress and took classes at night school.

Then, Breedlove developed the “Walker system” (named after her soon-to-be second husband, Charles J. Walker), an approach to Black hair care inspired by her own scalp disorder. What began as selling homemade products directly to other Black women soon grew into a massive business.

In 1908, she opened a beauty school and a factory for her products, and her success propelled her to become (likely) the first self-made woman millionaire . In New York, she hosted many members of the Harlem Renaissance in her home and directed much of her fortune back toward organizations including the NAACP, Tuskegee Institute, and various educational charities.

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Unsung Heroes

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This essay defines the term hero .

Title: Unsung Heroes

Level: Grade 9, Grade 10

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What is a hero? Is it an astronaut who gets a big parade when they come home? Is it a firefighter who risks their life to save a child from a burning building? Is it a social worker who helps people put their lives together? All three could be considered heroes because they do difficult things, often in dangerous situations. The dictionary says that a hero is a person who is admired because they did something great. Heroes are people who show strength, courage, and grace under fire.

My younger brother thinks that movie stars are heroes because he admires them. But movie stars do not show strength the way real heroes do. When I asked some of my friends to name real heroes they gave examples of people who show strength. Heroes are firefighters who battle fierce fires or emergency workers who go out in bad weather to rescue people or fix broken power lines. These people use physical strength every day to make the world safer for others.

Heroes are not only strong, but they show courage. I saw a story on the television news about firefighters who ran into a burning building to rescue a baby. Even though they might be frightened, they go into a burning building or face a bully or face getting turned down for a job they really need. They keep after it, though. That’s what makes them heroes. They keep trying to get the job done.

Showing grace under fire means that heroes do not get angry or show that they are scared. Even in desparate situations, heroes stay calm and keep there cool. They get the job done. Of course, that is the most important quality in heroes because most people would be afraid in a fire or disaster and would run away. Heroes stay and deal with things.

A hero is a person who gets a job done right and uses strength and courage to get it done. He or she faces the odds without showing that they are afriad. Being a hero is not an easy thing but there are more heroes out there than you might think. People who are heroes do not always get recognized. Some of them don’t even think of themselves as heroes. True heroes are more than action figures, they are ordinary people who are brave, calm, and kind.

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What makes a hero, we all have an inner hero, argues philip zimbardo . here's how to find it..

This month, Greater Good features videos of a presentation by Philip Zimbardo, the world-renowned psychologist perhaps best known for his infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. In his talk, Zimbardo discusses the psychology of evil and of heroism, exploring why good people sometimes turn bad and how we can encourage more people to perform heroic acts. In this excerpt from his talk, he zeroes in on his research and educational program designed to foster the “heroic imagination.”

More on Heroism

Watch the video of Philip Zimbardo's Greater Good talk on heroism.

Read his essay on " The Banality of Heroism ," which further explores the conditions that can promote heroism vs. evil.

Read this Greater Good essay on the "psychology of the bystander."

Learn more about Zimbardo's Heroic Imagination Project.

What makes us good? What makes us evil?

Research has uncovered many answers to the second question: Evil can be fostered by dehumanization, diffusion of responsibility, obedience to authority, unjust systems, group pressure, moral disengagement, and anonymity, to name a few.

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But when we ask why people become heroic, research doesn’t yet have an answer. It could be that heroes have more compassion or empathy; maybe there’s a hero gene; maybe it’s because of their levels of oxytocin—research by neuroeconomist Paul Zak has shown that this “love hormone” in the brain increases the likelihood you’ll demonstrate altruism. We don’t know for sure.

I believe that heroism is different than altruism and compassion. For the last five years, my colleagues and I have been exploring the nature and roots of heroism, studying exemplary cases of heroism and surveying thousands of people about their choices to act (or not act) heroically. In that time, we’ve come to define heroism as an activity with several parts.

First, it’s performed in service to others in need—whether that’s a person, group, or community—or in defense of certain ideals. Second, it’s engaged in voluntarily, even in military contexts, as heroism remains an act that goes beyond something required by military duty. Third, a heroic act is one performed with recognition of possible risks and costs, be they to one’s physical health or personal reputation, in which the actor is willing to accept anticipated sacrifice. Finally, it is performed without external gain anticipated at the time of the act.

Simply put, then, the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward.

By that definition, then, altruism is heroism light—it doesn’t always involve a serious risk. Compassion is a virtue that may lead to heroism, but we don’t know that it does. We’re just now starting to scientifically distinguish heroism from these other concepts and zero in on what makes a hero.

My work on heroism follows 35 years of research in which I studied the psychology of evil, including my work on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment . The two lines of research aren’t as different as they might seem; they’re actually two sides of the same coin.

A key insight from research on heroism so far is that the very same situations that inflame the hostile imagination in some people, making them villains, can also instill the heroic imagination in other people, prompting them to perform heroic deeds.

Take the Holocaust. Christians who helped Jews were in the same situation as other civilians who helped imprison or kill Jews, or ignored their suffering. The situation provided the impetus to act heroically or malevolently. Why did some people choose one path or the other?

Another key insight from my research has been that there’s no clear line between good and evil. Instead, the line is permeable; people can cross back and forth between it.

This is an idea wonderfully represented in an illusion by M. C. Escher, at left. When you squint and focus on the white as the figures and the black as the background, you see a world full of angels and tutus dancing around happily. But now focus on the black as the figures and the white as the background: Now it’s a world full of demons.

What Escher’s telling us is that the world is filled with angels and devils, goodness and badness, and these dark and light aspects of human nature are our basic yin and yang. That is, we all are born with the capacity to be anything. Because of our incredible brains, anything that is imaginable becomes possible, anything that becomes possible can get transformed into action, for better or for worse. 

Some people argue humans are born good or born bad; I think that’s nonsense. We are all born with this tremendous capacity to be anything, and we get shaped by our circumstances—by the family or the culture or the time period in which we happen to grow up, which are accidents of birth; whether we grow up in a war zone versus peace; if we grow up in poverty rather than prosperity.

George Bernard Shaw captured this point in the preface to his great play “Major Barbara”: “Every reasonable man and woman is a potential scoundrel and a potential good citizen. What a man is depends upon his character what’s inside. What he does and what we think of what he does depends on upon his circumstances.”

So each of us may possess the capacity to do terrible things. But we also posses an inner hero; if stirred to action, that inner hero is capable of performing tremendous goodness for others.

Another conclusion from my research is that few people do evil and fewer act heroically. Between these extremes in the bell curve of humanity are the masses—the general population who do nothing, who I call the “reluctant heroes”—those who refuse the call to action and, by doing nothing, often implicitly support the perpetrators of evil.

So on this bell curve of humanity, villains and heroes are the outliers. The reluctant heroes are the rest. What we need to discover is how to give a call to service to this general population. How do we make them aware of the evil that exists? How do we prevent them from getting seduced to the dark side?

We don’t yet have a recipe for creating heroes, but we have some clues, based on the stories of some inspiring heroes.

I love the story of a wonderful nine-year-old Chinese boy, who I call a dutiful hero. In 2008, there was a massive earthquake in China’s Szechuan province. The ceiling fell down on a school, killing almost all the kids in it. This kid escaped, and as he was running away he noticed two other kids struggling to get out. He ran back and saved them. He was later asked, “Why did you do that?” He replied, “I was the hall monitor! It was my duty, it was my job to look after my classmates!”

This perfectly illustrates what I call the “heroic imagination,” a focus on one’s duty to help and protect others. For him, it was cultivated by being assigned this role of hall monitor.

Another story: Irena Sendler was a Polish hero, a Catholic woman who saved at least 2,500 Jewish kids who were holed up in the Warsaw ghetto that the Nazis had erected. She was able to convince the parents of these kids to allow her to smuggle them out of the ghetto to safety. To do this, she organized a network.

That is a key principle of heroism: Heroes are most effective not alone but in a network. It’s through forming a network that people have the resources to bring their heroic impulses to life.

What these stories suggest is that every one of us can be a hero. Through my work on heroism, I’ve become even more convinced that acts of heroism don’t just arrive from truly exceptional people but from people placed in the right circumstance, given the necessary tools to transform compassion into heroic action.

Building on these insights, I have helped to start a program designed to learn more of heroism and to create the heroes of tomorrow.

The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) is amplifying the voice of the world’s quiet heroes, using research and education networks to promote a heroic imagination in everyone, and then empower ordinary people of all ages and nations to engage in extraordinary acts of heroism. We want to democratize the notion of heroism, to emphasize that most heroes are ordinary people; it’s the act that’s extraordinary.

There are already a lot of great heroes projects out there, such as the Giraffe Heroes Project . The HIP is unique in that it’s the only one encouraging research into heroism, because there’s very little.

Here are a few key insights from research we’ve done surveying 4,000 Americans from across the country. Each of these statements is valid after controlling for all demographic variables, such as education and socioeconomic status.

Heroes surround us. One in five—20 percent—qualify as heroes, based on the definition of heroism I provide above. Seventy-two percent report helping another person in a dangerous emergency. Sixteen percent report whistle blowing on an injustice. Six percent report sacrificing for a non-relative or stranger. Fifteen percent report defying an unjust authority. And not one of these people has been formally recognized as a hero.

Opportunity matters. Most acts of heroism occur in urban areas, where there are more people and more people in need. You’re not going to be a hero if you live in the suburbs. No shit happens in the suburbs!

Education matters. The more educated you are, the more likely you are to be a hero, I think because you are more aware of situations.

Volunteering matters. One third of all the sample who were heroes also had volunteered significantly, up to 59 hours a week.

Gender matters. Males reported performing acts of heroism more than females. I think this is because women tend not to regard a lot of their heroic actions as heroic. It’s just what they think they’re supposed to do for their family or a friend.

Race matters. Blacks were eight times more likely than whites to qualify as heroes. We think that’s in part due to the rate of opportunity. (In our next survey, we’re going to track responses by area code to see if in fact these heroes are coming from inner cities.

Personal history matters. Having survived a disaster or personal trauma makes you three times more likely to be a hero and a volunteer.

Based on these insights into heroism, we’ve put together a toolkit for potential heroes, especially young heroes in training, who already have opportunities to act heroically when they’re kids, such as by opposing bullying.

A first step is to take the “hero pledge,” a public declaration on our website that says you’re willing to be a hero in waiting. It’s a pledge “to act when confronted with a situation where I feel something is wrong,” “to develop my heroic abilities,” and “to believe in the heroic capacities within myself and others, so I can build and refine them.”

You can also take our four-week “Hero Challenge” mini-course online to help you develop your heroic muscles. The challenge may not require you to do anything heroic, but it’s training you to be heroic. And we offer more rigorous, research-based education and training programs for middle and high schools, corporations, and the millitary that make people aware of the social factors that produce passivity, inspire them to take positive civic action, and encourage the skills needed to consistently translate heroic impulses into action.

We’re also in the process of creating an Encyclopedia of Heroes, a collection of hero stories from all over the world. Not just all the classic ones and fictional ones, but ones that people from around the world are going to send in, so they can nominate ordinary heroes with a picture and a story. It will be searchable, so you can find heroes by age, gender, city and country. These are the unsung, quiet heroes—they do their own thing, put themselves in danger, defend a moral cause, help someone in need. And we want to highlight them. We want them to be inspirational to other people just like them.

Essentially, we’re trying to build the social habits of heroes, to build a focus on the other, shifting away from the “me” and toward the “we.” As the poet John Donne wrote: “No man [or woman] is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

So every person is part of humanity. Each person’s pulse is part of humanity’s heartbeat. Heroes circulate the life force of goodness in our veins. And what the world needs now is more heroes—you. It’s time to take action against evil.

About the Author

Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D. , is a professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University, a professor at Palo Alto University, a two-time past president of the Western Psychological Association, and a past president of the American Psychological Association. He is also the author of the best-selling book The Lucifer Effect and the president of the Heroic Imagination Project .

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Very nice information. In this world this is the very difficult question that what makes people good or evil. This post has helped a lot to understand the difference. Actually in my point of it depends upon the individual that what he/she thinks. If he/she thinks negative all the time them they became evil and thinking vice versa makes them good.

Andrew | 2:31 am, January 19, 2011 | Link

I really like reading this article because there are many individuals in the world that are heroes but are not recognized.  Heroes that have help humanity progress and prosper have fought with the greatest weapons which are love, respect, sincerity, and peace.  The governments that have had the greatest fear of seeing people free have always use war for colonization, genocide, and false treaties.  However, love is much stronger than war, and thanks to the modern forms of communication and exchange of information, more people are united for peace and do not support or participate in colonization or human genocide.  Since the start of humanity most people have use peace to progress, few have participated in war and few are participating. May peace prevail on earth!

Victor | 7:48 pm, January 29, 2011 | Link

A son raising up against an evil father. A brother standing up to a bully attacking his sibling. A stranger rallying to the side of a woman being assaulted in the street.

My sons are my strength. My reason to help others, that they may find the help they need in their lives.

pops | 9:39 am, February 3, 2011 | Link

Of course religion and eduction has a big impact on a child. But once a child is trying to live a good life (earning good karma or call it whatever you want) good things will happen to that child and he or she will recognize this.

So I think you can definitely change from evil to good.. maybe you _can be changed_ from good to evil.

Massud Hosseini | 7:28 am, September 17, 2011 | Link

Actually in my point of it depends upon the individual that what he/she thinks

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“Research has uncovered many answers to the second question: Evil can be fostered by dehumanization, diffusion of responsibility, obedience to authority, unjust systems, group pressure, moral disengagement, and anonymity, to name a few.”  <—What I find amazing about this statement is that anything is being branded “evil” at all.  Well, maybe not.  Relativism seems to be something that’s employed when convenient, disregarded when it’s not.

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Inspiring acts

Incredible people caring for those in need during COVID-19.

When I was a kid, my image of a hero was largely inspired by my dad’s collection of early Superman comics. I read them all. A “hero” was somebody who had supernatural powers like flying, laser vision, or the strength to bend steel.

As humans, of course, we’re all pretty limited in our physical powers. We don’t fly. We can’t see through walls. But what’s unbounded in us is our ability to see injustices and to take them on—often at great risk to ourselves.

My work in global health and development has introduced me to many extraordinary heroes with this kind of superpower. And I’ve had the honor of highlighting many of them on this blog : An epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox . A doctor working to end sexual violence in Africa. A researcher working to end hunger with improved crops. Just to name a few.

Why do we need heroes?

Because they represent the best of who we can be. Their efforts to solve the world’s challenges demonstrate our values as a society and they serve as powerful examples of how to make a positive difference in the world. And if enough people hear about their actions, they can inspire others to do something heroic too.

If there’s ever been a time that we need heroes, it’s now. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented health and economic challenges, especially for the most vulnerable among us. The good news is that many people from all walks of life are doing their part to help them. Health care workers. Scientists. Firefighters. Grocery store workers. Aid workers. Vaccine trial participants. And ordinary citizens caring for their neighbors.

Here are portraits of a few individuals from around the world working to alleviate suffering during this pandemic. I hope their stories inspire you just as much as they have me.

To these heroes and heroes everywhere, thank you for the work you do!

1. One million bars of soap and counting

For the last four years, Basira Popul has been a dedicated polio worker in Afghanistan, traveling from home to home to help vaccinate children and bring an end to the crippling disease.

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Basira Popul knocks on the door of a house during home visits, distributing soap and educating families about the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, social distancing restrictions forced the polio workers to pause their vaccination campaigns. But that didn’t stop their efforts to improve the health of the communities they serve. Instead of vaccinating for polio, Basira and thousands of her colleagues are now distributing bars of soap and giving hygiene lessons to curb the spread of the virus.

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Basira demonstrates proper handwashing to children in the Surkh-Rōd District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

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Basira speaks with a mother about proper sanitation, hygiene, and handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

They have raised awareness of the coronavirus throughout the country and given out more than one million bars of soap to help keep families in Afghanistan safe.

2. It’s a hot and uncomfortable job, but she loves it

As a COVID-19 tester in Bangalore, India, Shilpashree A.S. (Like many people in India, she uses initials referring to her hometown and her father’s name as her last name.) dons PPE, including a protective gown, goggles, latex gloves, and a mask. Then, she steps inside a tiny booth with two holes for her arms to reach through to perform nasal swab tests on long lines of patients.

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Shilpashree A.S., a COVID-19 tester and lab technician, tests a patient who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, from within a booth at the Jigani Primary Health Center in Bengaluru, India.

She has a critical job during this pandemic, but it comes with many hardships. “It’s hot and uncomfortable,” Shilpashree said of the hours she spends dressed in layers of protective gear inside the booth.

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Shilpashree and other health workers get organized to carry out tests on the side of the road in Bengaluru, India.

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Patients line up at the Jigani Primary Health Center for COVID-19 testing in Bengaluru, India.

The challenges continue after work. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, she is not allowed to have contact with her family. For the last five months she’s only been able to visit with them on video calls. “I haven’t yet seen my children or hugged them,” she said. “It is like seeing a fruit from up-close but not eating it.” Still, there is no other job she would rather be doing right now. “Even though this involves risk, I love this job. It brings me happiness,” she said.

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After a long day of testing, Shilpashree inputs the test results into a centralized database.

3. Trial benefits

Scientists around the world are racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine. There are more than 150 vaccine candidates in development and dozens of trials underway. All these trials need volunteers willing to step forward and help test whether the vaccine is effective and safe. One of those volunteers is Thabang Seleke from Soweto, South Africa.

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Thabang Seleke plays with his youngest child in front of his home in South Africa after returning from the clinic where he is participating in Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Thabang is participating in the first African trial of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 coronavirus vaccine, which was developed by the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford. It is also undergoing trials in the UK, U.S., and Brazil. The South Africa trial involves 2,000 volunteers within the Soweto area of Johannesburg, and is being run by Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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Thabang, who lives in Soweto, South Africa, takes a local taxi to visit the clinic where researchers will monitor his symptoms and immune responses during the vaccine trial.

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Thabang has blood and swab samples taken during each visit to the clinic to make sure he remains COVID-19 negative and there are no negative side effects from the vaccine.

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Thabang double checks his vaccine trial paperwork after finishing his clinic visit.

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Professor Shabir Madhi, who is managing the South African vaccine trial, shows Thabang how to fill in his diary card where he will log his symptoms and any side effects he may experience from the vaccine.

In South Africa, more than 600,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 13,000 people have died from it since March. Thabang heard about the trial from a friend and stepped forward to join to help bring an end to the coronavirus in Africa and beyond. This trial, Thabang said, “will benefit the whole world.”

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Thabang poses with his family outside their home in Soweto.

4. The best of humanity at a time of crisis

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Sikander Bizenjo, founder of Balochistan Youth Against Corona, smiles with children in an isolated tribal settlement in Naal, Balochistan, Pakistan, after distributing food assistance to the community.

When COVID-19 spread into Pakistan, Sikander Bizenjo knew where the pandemic would have the biggest impact: on the poorest areas of his country, including places like his home province of Balochistan. More than 70 percent of the population in this arid, mountainous region in southwestern Pakistan lives in poverty and struggles to gain access to education and health care.

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Balochistan Youth Against Corona volunteers pack ration bags for the food distribution drive.

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A young child stands inside their home after receiving a ration bag and soap from Balochistan Youth Against Corona.

Sikander had moved away from Balochistan to Karachi, where he is now a manager at a business school. But he knew he needed to do something to help his home during the pandemic. After reaching out to local government officials and aid organizations, he learned that many families lacked food and that health facilities had shortages of medical equipment. So he founded a group called the Balochistan Youth Against Corona, which raises funds for monthly food rations for 10,000 households in Balochistan as well of personal protective equipment, masks, face shields and hand sanitizers for frontline health workers.

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Sikander works on the distribution drive from his grandfather’s home in Naal, Balochistan.

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Sikander speaks to villagers about the importance of soap and handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while distributing soap packets to them.

The support from other volunteers and donors has been overwhelming, he said. “I’ve seen the very best of humanity come out of this pandemic. People have been supporting us. People have been so kind and generous,” he said.

5. Tuning into better health with Sister Banda

If you have a question about COVID-19 in Zambia, you’ll want to tune into FM 99.1 Yatsani Community Radio. You’ll get advice on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from Catholic nun and social worker Sister Astridah Banda.

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Catholic nun and social worker Sister Astridah Banda prepares to record her COVID-19 Awareness Program on Yatsani Community Radio in Lusaka, Zambia.

Sister Banda is not a doctor, but she is a passionate public health advocate. When the coronavirus arrived in Zambia, she noticed that most of the public health bulletins about social distancing, masks, and handwashing were being written in English. While English is an official language in Zambia, many people speak one of Zambia’s seven local languages and they were missing out on this critical information. Sister Banda wanted everyone to have access. So, in March, she approached Yatsani Community Radio and asked to start broadcasts where she could translate health bulletins into Zambia’s local languages and provide other critical news on the coronavirus. Her show, which airs several times each week, is produced in a talk show format with various guests who discuss specific health topics and answer questions from callers.

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When she’s not on the air, Sister Banda gives lessons to community leaders in Lusaka, Zambia on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including good hand washing practices.

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Sister Banda (right) with Sister Christabel Kazembe preparing face masks for community distribution in Lusaka, Zambia.

It now reaches more than 1.5 million people, creating a community of listeners looking out for one another to get through this pandemic. “The whole pandemic has brought humanity together,” she said. “We realize that our life is actually short and we need to spend most of it building on what is important. And these are relationships. Getting in touch with one another, being there for each other.”

6. “The answers lie within each of us”

When the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, Ethel Branch grew alarmed that her community didn’t have what it needed to deal with the virus.

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A building near the highway depicting mask awareness in the time of COVID-19 on the Navajo reservation in Cameron, Arizona.

The Navajo and Hopi Reservations have many elderly people living without electricity or running water who would need support. She decided she should try to do something about it. Ethel, a former attorney general for the Navajo Nation, resigned from her job at a law firm. She created a GoFundMe page and built an organization called Navajo Hopi Solidarity to help bring relief to the elderly, single parents, and struggling families. To date, she has raised over $5 million. Other community members also found ways to help, including Wayne Wilson and his son, Shelvin, who deliver water to dozens of families in need.

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Ethel Branch, founder of Navajo Hopi Solidarity, a COVID-19 relief organization, poses with her 6-month old son in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Many parts of the Navajo Nation don’t have access to water. Wayne Wilson and his son Shelvin bring water to vulnerable families throughout the reservation.

Ethel’s organization has assisted 5,000 families across the reservations. She works with young volunteers from the reservations to deliver food to those in need. “It’s been really amazing. The teamwork, people just stepping forward and making things happen,” she said. “The answers lie within each of us. Each of us has the ability to make choices and to take action and have a positive impact on our community.”

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Volunteers for the relief organization Navajo Hopi Solidarity deliver food to families in need in Chinle, Arizona.

7. A long journey to better women’s health

Even before COVID-19, Laxmi Rayamajhi’s job providing birth control services in the remotest areas of Nepal was never easy.

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Laxmi Rayamajhi hikes to provide family planning services at Bela, Panchkhal Municipality-10, Kavrepalanchok, Nepal.

As a community health worker for Marie Stopes International, she hikes for hours over hazardous terrain, crossing rivers and landslides to reach the villages she services. But the pandemic has created new obstacles. A national lockdown, supply chain disruptions, and overwhelmed health facilities have all made it more difficult to deliver sexual and reproductive health care services to women in Nepal. And many women won’t visit local health facilities to seek care because they fear they will be infected with the coronavirus.

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Laxmi talks to local women about family planning and reproductive health.

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Laxmi counsels one of her clients at a remote health post in Nepal.

These healthcare challenges are being experienced by women throughout the world. According to one estimate, if these disruptions continue, 49 million additional women in low- and middle-income countries will go without contraceptives over the next year, leading to 15 million additional unplanned pregnancies. Still, Laxmi and thousands of care providers like her are working tirelessly to overcome these obstacles.

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Laxmi inserts a long-lasting contraceptive implant in a client visiting a remote health post in Nepal. The implant prevents pregnancy for up to 5 years.

Laxmi continues to make her long journeys through Nepal to remote health posts to provide care to women in need. For those not comfortable seeing her in-person, she now provides phone consultations. “With my efforts, if women’s health gets better, and creates a healthy impact in our communities, I am grateful,” she said.

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Judith Candiru, an Assistant Nursing Officer in Uganda's Yumbe District, poses for a photo.

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For some it's a sense of duty. For others it's an obligation. And then there are those for which it’s a necessity.  

Two years ago the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Nobody knew exactly what lay ahead. But over the course of the following 24 months, extraordinary women and men have risen to the occasion to serve their communities. 

Their names aren't necessarily recognizable. But the actions of these heroes have without a shadow of a doubt made our world a safer, better place. We want to introduce you to just a few of these incredible people. 

A Ugandan healthcare worker uses a megaphone to encourage her community to get vaccinated 

When Judith Candiru was growing up, she always admired the white outfits nurses wore. For her, it was emblematic of the care they provided. Now she’s one of them. She takes pride in putting on that sharp uniform, complete with a yellow belt.  

Judith Candiru, an Assistant Nursing Officer in the Yumbe District of Uganda, provides COVID-19 vaccination services to her community.

COVID-19 has been personal for Candiru. She contracted the virus at one point and recalls the stigma she and her family endured at the time.  

“This was the saddest moment of my career. I and my family were shunned by the community.”  

It didn’t stop her though. She recovered and bounced back to work. Candiru passionately serves the people of Yumbe District in northern Uganda, which straddles the border with South Sudan.  

Judith Candiru travels on the back of a bike, holding a megaphone, to deliver crucial information and deliver healthcare services to her community.

In the morning, she heads to the maternity ward where she cares for premature babies. Through UNICEF-supported training, she’s able to support sick infants and ensure they thrive. 

But that’s just part of her day. Throughout the pandemic, after consultations and finishing her rounds on the ward, she’ll head out into the local community either on a motorbike or on foot. 

Equipped with a megaphone, Candiru has been amplifying the message that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and important. Her message has resonated. Members of the community trust her, and that’s evident as one by one they sit on a bench and receive their shots from Candiru.  

Climbing mountains and crossing canyons in Nepal with vaccines on her back 

Birma Kunwar has been weaving her way up mountains and across suspended footbridges for years now. With a box of vaccines perched on her back , she ascends hilly pathways in the remote part of Nepal’s far west.  

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kunwar would collect lifesaving vaccines in the town of Khalanga, which is the district headquarters of the Darchula District. Those doses were mainly for the routine immunization of children that lived in the villages that nest on the hillside she climbs.  

The pandemic brought a new challenge and a new opportunity: “I’ve been walking the same path but with these new vaccines,” she says.

Birma Devi Kunwar takes COVID-19 vaccines on her back to remote hillside communities in Nepal.

Her destination on this journey is a health post in the village of Duhun. And at some times of the year, it can only be reached on foot.  

“The roads here are unreliable for many months of the year, particularly during the monsoon,” Kunwar notes as she explains the dangers posed by landslides. “It’s a risky ride.” 

After walking for hours, Birma Kunwar administers vaccines to families at the Pipalchauri Health Post in Nepal's remote far-west.

So with the weight of a community’s health on her back, she often walks the entire stretch. That takes between three to four hours. For Kunwar, that journey is well worth it. Delivering essential vaccines to these communities is not only a job for her, it’s a duty.  

“People are eagerly waiting for vaccines, they ask me constantly when they will arrive, when they can get it, when it will be their turn. All the time.” 

The teenage innovator whose invention is making handwashing safer 

Emmanuel Cosmos Msoka is an innovator and an activist. It’s no coincidence that the 18-year-old from Tanzania invented a crucial hygiene tool during the pandemic that has a water theme to it. 

“I was born at the foot of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro," he says. The only place in my country where water turns to snow and ice.” 

18-year-old Emmanuel Cosmas Msoka, who is an innovator and activist in Tanzania, poses for a photo.

Emmanuel grew up with a desire to change the way things are normally done and to help solve social problems. That’s what he’s achieved . When COVID-19 arrived in Tanzania and his community struggled to combat the disease, he stepped up.  

His idea: a handwashing machine that uses foot pedals to function, in turn reducing the chance of spreading the virus. Since developing the technology, he’s been able to supply over 400 handwashing stations across northern Tanzania.  

For his work, Emmanuel was appointed as a UNICEF Youth Advocate and nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize, awarded annually to a child who has made a significant contribution to advocating for children’s rights.  

Caring for her siblings while studying in times of loss  

Keysha is 14 years old. But her wisdom and thoughtfulness go beyond her years, as she’s had to grow up fast. Her mother, who worked at a restaurant, lost her life to COVID-19. 

“Our mother worked 12-hour days when the restaurant opened for business again,” Keysha says. “Her immune system was weak, that’s probably why she got COVID.” 

14-year-old Keysha, stands on the right next to her two younger siblings, Afiqa and Khansa.

Keysha has had to take on more responsibility, caring for her two younger siblings . She’s been looking after her 7-year-old sister Afiqa whose been particularly affected. After school, Afiqa will often retreat to her room and spend hours watching family videos with her mother’s voice.  

In addition to her caregiving role, Keysha is aware of her father’s financial struggles as the family’s sole breadwinner. He works as a parking attendant at the restaurant where his late wife also worked. So, to help out, Keysha is planning to enroll in a vocational school that will enable her to get a job faster and support her father.

“I can do anything – perhaps even go to university one day.” 

14-year-old Keysha works on a school assignment at her home in Sragen in Indonesia.

Along with her siblings, Keysha is among tens of thousands of children that have lost a parent or caregiver due to COVID-19 in Indonesia. They’re being assisted by UNICEF’s mental health and psychosocial support programme, with the help of local governments. 

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Unsung Heroes of the Freedom Struggle Essay

Unsung heroes are the ones who are not praised and appreciated for their contributions to the freedom struggle. Many freedom fighters have struggled to free India, and some of them are known to us, like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, etc. Still, some are not appreciated enough for having struggled for India. They are known as "unsung heroes of freedom struggles", like Peer Ali Khan, Khudiram Bose, Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, etc. Here are a few sample essays on ‘Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle’ .

Unsung Heroes of the Freedom Struggle Essay

100 Words Essay On Unsung Heroes Of Freedom Struggle

India's independence has become a historic movement to bring a better future to this diverse nation. India was under the British Raj for a very long time, and the Indians had no freedom. Some of the heroes of our country were determined to take a step to fight for independence from the British Raj.

Many freedom Fighters came in and joined palms collectively to fight in opposition to injustice and free the nation with delight. Some of them, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh , and others, are widely regarded as the faces of the free India movement. Still, different heroes have sacrificed their lives for the nation's bright future. Some heroes are Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Khudiram Bose, and so on. In one way or another, these people have made significant contributions toward the nation's freedom.

200 Words Essay On Unsung Heroes Of Freedom Struggle

India gained independence from the rule of the British after almost 200 years. This resulted in the birth of the freedom struggle movement in 1857 , which lasted nearly 90 years and was a trying time for all Indians. This turned into a big struggle, and plenty of people in the country have been part of this brilliant freedom conflict.

Some of the best-known freedom fighters of the freedom struggle are Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Rani Lakshmibai , and so on; however, there are numerous other names within the listing of freedom-fighting parties in the kingdom. These are the names of freedom fighters who took part in India's independence struggle, but there is no mention of their names or evidence of their bravery in Indian history.

These freedom fighters are said to be the unsung heroes of the war because no one in the country knew their names or their contributions to the nation; consequently, they were named as unsung heroes. Courageous Indian revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh and Mangal Pandey have also been part of the list of various unsung heroes of the country; however, their names have been highlighted because of the films of Indian cinema.

500 Words Essay On Unsung Heroes Of Freedom Struggle

India had to fight for independence from the Britishers for almost 90 years. India has had numerous rulers, the most recent of whom were the British, who ruled for a long time. India was colonised by the British, and freedom fighters wanted independence from them. The Indians have been subjected to numerous boundaries and lack personal liberty. Many freedom parties struggled to get rid of the Sati Pratha from society.

They fought for the widows' rights and began women's schooling. They assisted people in leading non-violent lives; India's freedom fighters joined hands and pledged to save the country. Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, and Rani Laxmi Bai are different independence fighters who led the freedom war to free Indians from the British Raj. Apart from those independence warriors, others fought for the freedom of India.

They gave up their lifestyles and happiness, hoping for a brighter tomorrow. Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Khudiram Bose, and others are most of those fighters. Their contributions should be valued in the same manner as those of those famous faces to whom we give credit for their independence.

Some Unsung Heroes of The Liberation Struggle

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was the first woman arrested during the Salt March as she promoted the civil disobedience movement. She was born on April 3, 1903, and worked as a social reformer and a freedom fighter. She was the reason behind the rebirth of handicraft, handloom, and theatre in India. She raised her voice for the upliftment of the social and financial reputation of girls in Indian society.

Peer Ali Khan was born in 1812 and participated in the independence Movement, for which he got capital punishment in 1857. Peer Ali was a bookbinder and secretly provided pamphlets and coded messages to freedom fighters. He used to conduct campaigns against Britishers.

Birsa Munda was a tribal freedom fighter of the Munda tribe. He led the tribal religious movement, which was believed to change the old patterns under British rule. This made him recognised during the Independence movement in India.

Matangani Hazra was born on October 19, 1870. In 1905, Hazra joined the independence movement and also became a part of the civil disobedience movement. In 1942, Hazra participated in the Quit India Movement with Mahatma Gandhi, asking the Britishers to leave the country and putting an end to colonisation in India. Leading a mass of 6,000 supporters, 71-year-old Hazra was heading to take control of the Tamluk Police Station. As she stepped out, she was shot by using the British-Indian police and took her final breath.

Aruna Asaf Ali was an active participant in the Indian Independence movement and got recognised at the age of 33 as she hoisted the Indian country Flag at the Gowalia Tank Maidan, Bombay, throughout the Quit India Movement in 1942.

Bhikaiji Cama's name was the call on roads and homes, and everyone listened to it. However, many aren't privy to her story of courage. She was a prominent figure in the Indian Independence movement, as well as a supporter of gender equality. In her appeal for human rights, autonomy and equality from Great Britain, Cama unfurled the Indian flag at the International Socialist Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1907, which she called the Flag of Indian Independence.

My Learnings

They have inspired and motivated me to fight against injustice. Unsung Heroes are a source of inspiration as they teach us the value of love for our country and dedication towards our nation. Now we know our rights, and they taught us to fight for our rights no matter from whom we are fighting. India is the land of several brave freedom fighters, and many of them have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the independence of the nation, but we're not aware of their names. We can honour them by declaring them as 'unsung heroes of the freedom war'. We salute the state's unsung heroes for their courageous deeds and sacrifice for the nation.

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Database professionals use software to store and organise data such as financial information, and customer shipping records. Individuals who opt for a career as data administrators ensure that data is available for users and secured from unauthorised sales. DB administrators may work in various types of industries. It may involve computer systems design, service firms, insurance companies, banks and hospitals.

Bio Medical Engineer

The field of biomedical engineering opens up a universe of expert chances. An Individual in the biomedical engineering career path work in the field of engineering as well as medicine, in order to find out solutions to common problems of the two fields. The biomedical engineering job opportunities are to collaborate with doctors and researchers to develop medical systems, equipment, or devices that can solve clinical problems. Here we will be discussing jobs after biomedical engineering, how to get a job in biomedical engineering, biomedical engineering scope, and salary. 

Ethical Hacker

A career as ethical hacker involves various challenges and provides lucrative opportunities in the digital era where every giant business and startup owns its cyberspace on the world wide web. Individuals in the ethical hacker career path try to find the vulnerabilities in the cyber system to get its authority. If he or she succeeds in it then he or she gets its illegal authority. Individuals in the ethical hacker career path then steal information or delete the file that could affect the business, functioning, or services of the organization.

GIS officer work on various GIS software to conduct a study and gather spatial and non-spatial information. GIS experts update the GIS data and maintain it. The databases include aerial or satellite imagery, latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates, and manually digitized images of maps. In a career as GIS expert, one is responsible for creating online and mobile maps.

Data Analyst

The invention of the database has given fresh breath to the people involved in the data analytics career path. Analysis refers to splitting up a whole into its individual components for individual analysis. Data analysis is a method through which raw data are processed and transformed into information that would be beneficial for user strategic thinking.

Data are collected and examined to respond to questions, evaluate hypotheses or contradict theories. It is a tool for analyzing, transforming, modeling, and arranging data with useful knowledge, to assist in decision-making and methods, encompassing various strategies, and is used in different fields of business, research, and social science.

Geothermal Engineer

Individuals who opt for a career as geothermal engineers are the professionals involved in the processing of geothermal energy. The responsibilities of geothermal engineers may vary depending on the workplace location. Those who work in fields design facilities to process and distribute geothermal energy. They oversee the functioning of machinery used in the field.

Database Architect

If you are intrigued by the programming world and are interested in developing communications networks then a career as database architect may be a good option for you. Data architect roles and responsibilities include building design models for data communication networks. Wide Area Networks (WANs), local area networks (LANs), and intranets are included in the database networks. It is expected that database architects will have in-depth knowledge of a company's business to develop a network to fulfil the requirements of the organisation. Stay tuned as we look at the larger picture and give you more information on what is db architecture, why you should pursue database architecture, what to expect from such a degree and what your job opportunities will be after graduation. Here, we will be discussing how to become a data architect. Students can visit NIT Trichy , IIT Kharagpur , JMI New Delhi . 

Remote Sensing Technician

Individuals who opt for a career as a remote sensing technician possess unique personalities. Remote sensing analysts seem to be rational human beings, they are strong, independent, persistent, sincere, realistic and resourceful. Some of them are analytical as well, which means they are intelligent, introspective and inquisitive. 

Remote sensing scientists use remote sensing technology to support scientists in fields such as community planning, flight planning or the management of natural resources. Analysing data collected from aircraft, satellites or ground-based platforms using statistical analysis software, image analysis software or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a significant part of their work. Do you want to learn how to become remote sensing technician? There's no need to be concerned; we've devised a simple remote sensing technician career path for you. Scroll through the pages and read.

Budget Analyst

Budget analysis, in a nutshell, entails thoroughly analyzing the details of a financial budget. The budget analysis aims to better understand and manage revenue. Budget analysts assist in the achievement of financial targets, the preservation of profitability, and the pursuit of long-term growth for a business. Budget analysts generally have a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, economics, or a closely related field. Knowledge of Financial Management is of prime importance in this career.


An underwriter is a person who assesses and evaluates the risk of insurance in his or her field like mortgage, loan, health policy, investment, and so on and so forth. The underwriter career path does involve risks as analysing the risks means finding out if there is a way for the insurance underwriter jobs to recover the money from its clients. If the risk turns out to be too much for the company then in the future it is an underwriter who will be held accountable for it. Therefore, one must carry out his or her job with a lot of attention and diligence.

Finance Executive

Product manager.

A Product Manager is a professional responsible for product planning and marketing. He or she manages the product throughout the Product Life Cycle, gathering and prioritising the product. A product manager job description includes defining the product vision and working closely with team members of other departments to deliver winning products.  

Operations Manager

Individuals in the operations manager jobs are responsible for ensuring the efficiency of each department to acquire its optimal goal. They plan the use of resources and distribution of materials. The operations manager's job description includes managing budgets, negotiating contracts, and performing administrative tasks.

Stock Analyst

Individuals who opt for a career as a stock analyst examine the company's investments makes decisions and keep track of financial securities. The nature of such investments will differ from one business to the next. Individuals in the stock analyst career use data mining to forecast a company's profits and revenues, advise clients on whether to buy or sell, participate in seminars, and discussing financial matters with executives and evaluate annual reports.

A Researcher is a professional who is responsible for collecting data and information by reviewing the literature and conducting experiments and surveys. He or she uses various methodological processes to provide accurate data and information that is utilised by academicians and other industry professionals. Here, we will discuss what is a researcher, the researcher's salary, types of researchers.

Welding Engineer

Welding Engineer Job Description: A Welding Engineer work involves managing welding projects and supervising welding teams. He or she is responsible for reviewing welding procedures, processes and documentation. A career as Welding Engineer involves conducting failure analyses and causes on welding issues. 

Transportation Planner

A career as Transportation Planner requires technical application of science and technology in engineering, particularly the concepts, equipment and technologies involved in the production of products and services. In fields like land use, infrastructure review, ecological standards and street design, he or she considers issues of health, environment and performance. A Transportation Planner assigns resources for implementing and designing programmes. He or she is responsible for assessing needs, preparing plans and forecasts and compliance with regulations.

Environmental Engineer

Individuals who opt for a career as an environmental engineer are construction professionals who utilise the skills and knowledge of biology, soil science, chemistry and the concept of engineering to design and develop projects that serve as solutions to various environmental problems. 

Safety Manager

A Safety Manager is a professional responsible for employee’s safety at work. He or she plans, implements and oversees the company’s employee safety. A Safety Manager ensures compliance and adherence to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) guidelines.

Conservation Architect

A Conservation Architect is a professional responsible for conserving and restoring buildings or monuments having a historic value. He or she applies techniques to document and stabilise the object’s state without any further damage. A Conservation Architect restores the monuments and heritage buildings to bring them back to their original state.

Structural Engineer

A Structural Engineer designs buildings, bridges, and other related structures. He or she analyzes the structures and makes sure the structures are strong enough to be used by the people. A career as a Structural Engineer requires working in the construction process. It comes under the civil engineering discipline. A Structure Engineer creates structural models with the help of computer-aided design software. 

Highway Engineer

Highway Engineer Job Description:  A Highway Engineer is a civil engineer who specialises in planning and building thousands of miles of roads that support connectivity and allow transportation across the country. He or she ensures that traffic management schemes are effectively planned concerning economic sustainability and successful implementation.

Field Surveyor

Are you searching for a Field Surveyor Job Description? A Field Surveyor is a professional responsible for conducting field surveys for various places or geographical conditions. He or she collects the required data and information as per the instructions given by senior officials. 

Orthotist and Prosthetist

Orthotists and Prosthetists are professionals who provide aid to patients with disabilities. They fix them to artificial limbs (prosthetics) and help them to regain stability. There are times when people lose their limbs in an accident. In some other occasions, they are born without a limb or orthopaedic impairment. Orthotists and prosthetists play a crucial role in their lives with fixing them to assistive devices and provide mobility.


A career in pathology in India is filled with several responsibilities as it is a medical branch and affects human lives. The demand for pathologists has been increasing over the past few years as people are getting more aware of different diseases. Not only that, but an increase in population and lifestyle changes have also contributed to the increase in a pathologist’s demand. The pathology careers provide an extremely huge number of opportunities and if you want to be a part of the medical field you can consider being a pathologist. If you want to know more about a career in pathology in India then continue reading this article.

Veterinary Doctor

Speech therapist, gynaecologist.

Gynaecology can be defined as the study of the female body. The job outlook for gynaecology is excellent since there is evergreen demand for one because of their responsibility of dealing with not only women’s health but also fertility and pregnancy issues. Although most women prefer to have a women obstetrician gynaecologist as their doctor, men also explore a career as a gynaecologist and there are ample amounts of male doctors in the field who are gynaecologists and aid women during delivery and childbirth. 


The audiologist career involves audiology professionals who are responsible to treat hearing loss and proactively preventing the relevant damage. Individuals who opt for a career as an audiologist use various testing strategies with the aim to determine if someone has a normal sensitivity to sounds or not. After the identification of hearing loss, a hearing doctor is required to determine which sections of the hearing are affected, to what extent they are affected, and where the wound causing the hearing loss is found. As soon as the hearing loss is identified, the patients are provided with recommendations for interventions and rehabilitation such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and appropriate medical referrals. While audiology is a branch of science that studies and researches hearing, balance, and related disorders.

An oncologist is a specialised doctor responsible for providing medical care to patients diagnosed with cancer. He or she uses several therapies to control the cancer and its effect on the human body such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy and biopsy. An oncologist designs a treatment plan based on a pathology report after diagnosing the type of cancer and where it is spreading inside the body.

Are you searching for an ‘Anatomist job description’? An Anatomist is a research professional who applies the laws of biological science to determine the ability of bodies of various living organisms including animals and humans to regenerate the damaged or destroyed organs. If you want to know what does an anatomist do, then read the entire article, where we will answer all your questions.

For an individual who opts for a career as an actor, the primary responsibility is to completely speak to the character he or she is playing and to persuade the crowd that the character is genuine by connecting with them and bringing them into the story. This applies to significant roles and littler parts, as all roles join to make an effective creation. Here in this article, we will discuss how to become an actor in India, actor exams, actor salary in India, and actor jobs. 

Individuals who opt for a career as acrobats create and direct original routines for themselves, in addition to developing interpretations of existing routines. The work of circus acrobats can be seen in a variety of performance settings, including circus, reality shows, sports events like the Olympics, movies and commercials. Individuals who opt for a career as acrobats must be prepared to face rejections and intermittent periods of work. The creativity of acrobats may extend to other aspects of the performance. For example, acrobats in the circus may work with gym trainers, celebrities or collaborate with other professionals to enhance such performance elements as costume and or maybe at the teaching end of the career.

Video Game Designer

Career as a video game designer is filled with excitement as well as responsibilities. A video game designer is someone who is involved in the process of creating a game from day one. He or she is responsible for fulfilling duties like designing the character of the game, the several levels involved, plot, art and similar other elements. Individuals who opt for a career as a video game designer may also write the codes for the game using different programming languages.

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Radio Jockey

Radio Jockey is an exciting, promising career and a great challenge for music lovers. If you are really interested in a career as radio jockey, then it is very important for an RJ to have an automatic, fun, and friendly personality. If you want to get a job done in this field, a strong command of the language and a good voice are always good things. Apart from this, in order to be a good radio jockey, you will also listen to good radio jockeys so that you can understand their style and later make your own by practicing.

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The word “choreography" actually comes from Greek words that mean “dance writing." Individuals who opt for a career as a choreographer create and direct original dances, in addition to developing interpretations of existing dances. A Choreographer dances and utilises his or her creativity in other aspects of dance performance. For example, he or she may work with the music director to select music or collaborate with other famous choreographers to enhance such performance elements as lighting, costume and set design.

Social Media Manager

A career as social media manager involves implementing the company’s or brand’s marketing plan across all social media channels. Social media managers help in building or improving a brand’s or a company’s website traffic, build brand awareness, create and implement marketing and brand strategy. Social media managers are key to important social communication as well.


Photography is considered both a science and an art, an artistic means of expression in which the camera replaces the pen. In a career as a photographer, an individual is hired to capture the moments of public and private events, such as press conferences or weddings, or may also work inside a studio, where people go to get their picture clicked. Photography is divided into many streams each generating numerous career opportunities in photography. With the boom in advertising, media, and the fashion industry, photography has emerged as a lucrative and thrilling career option for many Indian youths.

An individual who is pursuing a career as a producer is responsible for managing the business aspects of production. They are involved in each aspect of production from its inception to deception. Famous movie producers review the script, recommend changes and visualise the story. 

They are responsible for overseeing the finance involved in the project and distributing the film for broadcasting on various platforms. A career as a producer is quite fulfilling as well as exhaustive in terms of playing different roles in order for a production to be successful. Famous movie producers are responsible for hiring creative and technical personnel on contract basis.

Copy Writer

In a career as a copywriter, one has to consult with the client and understand the brief well. A career as a copywriter has a lot to offer to deserving candidates. Several new mediums of advertising are opening therefore making it a lucrative career choice. Students can pursue various copywriter courses such as Journalism , Advertising , Marketing Management . Here, we have discussed how to become a freelance copywriter, copywriter career path, how to become a copywriter in India, and copywriting career outlook. 

In a career as a vlogger, one generally works for himself or herself. However, once an individual has gained viewership there are several brands and companies that approach them for paid collaboration. It is one of those fields where an individual can earn well while following his or her passion. 

Ever since internet costs got reduced the viewership for these types of content has increased on a large scale. Therefore, a career as a vlogger has a lot to offer. If you want to know more about the Vlogger eligibility, roles and responsibilities then continue reading the article. 

For publishing books, newspapers, magazines and digital material, editorial and commercial strategies are set by publishers. Individuals in publishing career paths make choices about the markets their businesses will reach and the type of content that their audience will be served. Individuals in book publisher careers collaborate with editorial staff, designers, authors, and freelance contributors who develop and manage the creation of content.

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India’s independence is all about a lot of sacrifices and struggles. The Independence movement of India would not have been possible without the contribution of the great freedom fighters. Some of the freedom fighters are Rani Laxmi Bai, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, etc. Other than these freedom fighters, there are a lot of other fighters who have sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence.

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India’s independence has been a historic change for the country. The British ruled India for a long period of time, and freeing India from the British Raj was a long-drawn affair. So many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for the happiness of the people of India. Some well-known freedom fighters are Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Rani Laxmi Bai, etc. But along with these popular faces, there were a lot of other freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the people of India. With time, the names of these fighters have faded into darkness. Some unsung heroes of the freedom struggle are Birsa Munda, Kamla Devi, Tirupur Kumaran, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, etc.

India’s independence struggle was a historic movement to bring a beautiful future to this wonderfully diverse and rich continent. India was under the British Raj for a very long period, and the Indians had no freedom of their own. The freedom fighters of our country decided to take a step ahead and move on with a struggling life and get done with the British Raj. Many freedom fighters came in and joined hands together to fight against injustice and free the country with pride. Some fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, etc., are the popularly known faces of the free India movement. Still, other heroes have sacrificed their today for a beautiful tomorrow along with these faces. Some heroes are Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Khudiram Bose, etc. In some way or the other, these people have made enormous contributions toward the country’s freedom.

The Independence movement of India is known to each and every individual. Many rulers have ruled India, and the last was the British, who ruled the country for a long time. The Indians had to live with a lot of restrictions and had no freedom of their own. So to help people live a peaceful life, freedom fighters of India joined hands together and promised to save the people of India. Some popular freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rani Laxmi Bai, etc., took the lead to free India from the British Raj. Other than these freedom fighters, several other people had come forward to free India from British rule. But these faces are not well known to us because of various reasons. Some of the faces are Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Khudiram Bose, etc. They have sacrificed their lives and their happiness for a better tomorrow. The way we appreciate the contributions of well-known freedom fighters, the contributions of the unsung freedom fighters must also be appreciated and regarded.

Every person in India is familiar with the country’s independence movement. India has had several rulers, the most recent of whom were the British, who ruled for a long time. India was colonised by the British for a long period of time, and the freedom fighters had to dream of removing the British from the country and living a free life. The Indians were subjected to several limitations and lacked personal liberty. A lot of freedom fighters struggled to remove the Sati Pratha from society. They fought for the widows’ rights and started the girl’s education system. So, in order to assist people in leading peaceful lives, India’s freedom fighters joined hands and pledged to save the Indian people. Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rani Laxmi Bai, and other well-known independence warriors led the charge to liberate India from the British Raj. Apart from these independence warriors, there were others whose sole motivation was to liberate India from British control. However, for a variety of reasons, we are unfamiliar with their faces. They have given up their life and their happiness in the hopes of a brighter tomorrow. Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Khudiram Bose, and others are among the faces. Their contributions must be valued in the same manner that we value the contributions of well-known freedom fighters. With these popular faces, we have somehow forgotten the faces of those who have contributed to the freedom struggle. Now it is time to pay tribute to these faces.

Who are the Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggles?

Many freedom fighters have struggled to free India, like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, etc. Still, we have somehow forgotten the other freedom fighters who had struggled for India and are known as Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggles like Peer Ali Khan, Khudiram Bose, Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Khudiram Bose, etc.

What do you mean by unsung?

Unsung means the ones who are not praised and who are not appreciated for their contributions.

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By Abigail Zuger, M.d.

  • Oct. 26, 1999

Hospitals may not be called pest houses anymore, but they are still terrible places to be sick. They are all crawling with bacteria, with strangers who are sometimes kindly but sometimes not, with the potential for bad accidents; hospitals assault the senses from every direction, and then they send a bill.

No, from time immemorial it has always been far better, if possible, to be sick at home, surrounded by familiar comforts and tended by a devoted relative or friend.

But that part of the picture is changing fast. Those devoted attendants have much more complicated jobs than they once did. Medical science is saving more lives, at the price of creating more people with serious chronic medical problems who need continuing expert care. And the hospital is no longer the site of most of that care: increasingly portable technology (not to mention rising costs) means that the deep desire of every sick person to get out of the hospital right this minute can generally be accommodated.

But while the technology can easily travel home, no one has yet figured out a way to get the hospital staff home too.

So instead, a vast, silent volunteer army has grown up: millions of Americans who do unpaid service as health care providers, with many of the skills of the professionals but none of the salary, by caring for sick relatives and friends at home.

A study published in March in the policy journal Health Affairs estimated this work force at 25.8 million people as of 1997, each working an average of 18 hours a week. If they were all paid an hourly wage commensurate with their duties -- from the unskilled labor of changing bed linen to the highly technical work of adjusting machines and administering medications -- their economic value would come to $196 billion, about 18 percent of total national health care spending for 1997 and six times the $32 billion Americans formally spent on home care that year.

Legislators and policy makers pay attention to numbers like these, as witnessed by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the tax credit proposal for home care givers now under consideration in Congress. But, as virtually anybody who has ever spent time caring for a sick person knows well, the professional custodians of the nation's health have yet to give these millions of new colleagues their due.

Doctors and nurses, therapists and social workers, well intentioned though they may be, still tend to think in the old authoritarian patterns. The patient is their patient; they are in charge; they know best. Just leave them alone to do their work. Please.

What little training the professionals get in the art of negotiating shared responsibilities is generally devoted to the tangled politics of getting along with one another. Doctors and nurses are still scrapping in the Hundred Years' War; few have the insight or energy left over to negotiate the same issues with third parties. In fact, in surveys that ask health professionals what makes their jobs most difficult, many immediately reply, ''Families.''

But consider this multiple-choice question (not to be found among the millions that line the path into the caring professions): A doctor sees a patient for 15 minutes once a month, a visiting nurse drops in once a week, a therapist spends an hour or so every few days, an aide comes in for the morning shift. A caretaking spouse, child or parent is there for the duration, learning what the pills look like and how they go down, how to change the bandages and what to do when the machinery at the bedside starts beeping at 3 A.M.

Whose patient is it?

It is small wonder that a grass-roots movement is slowly taking shape in the ranks of these family caregivers, asking for a little more acknowledgment from medical professionals, a little more education and a lot more respect.

One of their most eloquent voices has been that of Carol Levine, a health policy researcher with the United Hospital Fund in New York. Ms. Levine's work with children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic earned her a MacArthur Foundation ''genius'' grant in 1993. Now she spends most workdays on a long-term project that aims to bring family caregivers out of the shadows into the forefront of health policy decisions.

At night, she joins the caregivers' ranks, tending to her husband, Howard, 71, who was injured in an automobile accident in 1990. Once a sharp, energetic public relations executive, Mr. Levine is bedbound and largely paralyzed, with serious brain damage.

Nine years of hands-on caregiving have given Ms. Levine an intimate familiarity with the rough patches of the terrain. Unreliable ambulette service, irresponsible insurers and a new wheelchair that is an inch too wide to fit into the dentist's office are bad, she said in an interview. But any prolonged interaction with doctors and hospitals is generally even worse.

Mr. Levine has required periodic hospitalizations over the years, and making the transfer between hospital and home is always a nightmare.

''In the hospital, they think they're the experts and you're just the family,'' she said. ''But I am an expert. I'm an expert in him.''

And then, when it is time to go home, all the responsibility is suddenly hers again. She is the effector arm of the doctors' plans, the key to their success or failure. Even so, she is regularly sent off with a minimum of explanation or training for any new conditions, medications or equipment.

Ms. Levine has to date supervised the disbursement of about $1.5 million in grant money to hospitals in the New York area for an assortment of projects to help home caregivers do their job. But no institution has yet taken her up on her most revolutionary proposal.

''All professionals in training should spend a day entirely on their own in a household like mine,'' she said. Not to make a house call, or a home visit, she emphasized, or to accomplish a series of discrete tasks, but to live the total experience -- the stretches of boredom and the moments of sheer terror, all played out in the complete isolation of the home.

''One day out of all those years of training,'' she said. ''Is that too much to ask?''


Essay On Unsung Heroes Of Freedom Struggle In English 500+ Words

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“ Let’s salute the unsung heroes who give us beautiful today.”

“Freedom fighters gave us their today for our golden tomorrow.”


The freedom of a country depends on its citizens. Every country has a few brave hearts who willingly give up their lives for their countrymen.

Freedom fighters play a very important role in making any country independent. India is a land of endless freedom fighters.

Many are known and many are unsung. All of them have their way to fight for freedom like some have chosen the path of Non-violence. While some show their bravery with pistols in their hands and swords.

Our Independence was hard fought the British ruled over our leads for a long time. But then, there are heroes, aren’t there? There are always heroes.

The ones who stand up and fight. some get the spotlight while the same stay in the dark and contribute just as much as others.

The bodies are true for India’s freedom fighters as well. For those who fought equally hard but never got any share of the limelight, because they simply never cared.

There are so many freedom fighters of India who contributed to the Independence movement but their names faded into the darkness.

Our country, India was colonized by the British. Our freedom fighters fought against the British for our independence.

Some Important freedom fighters of India are Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jawaharlal Nehru, and many more.

But there are many freedom fighters who we probably haven’t heard. Most of them sacrificed their lives in getting independence for India. we call them the “Unsung Heroes of India”.

Their only focus was seeing an independent India. But as citizens of this country, we should know about some of them.

Here are some freedom fighters you probably haven’t heard of. These unsung heroes are also the reason we live in a free country.

We must honor their sacrifices and aim to live together in harmony and peace ensuring social justice. In the freedom struggle, India has many unsung heroes, who devoted his life.

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They were Matangini Hazra, Hazrat Mahal, Senapati Bapat, Aruna Asaf Ali, Bhikaji Cama, Tara rani, Peer Ali Khan, Kamala Devi, Garimella, Tiruppur Kumaran, Birsa Munda, Durgabai etc.

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Matangini Hazra : Hazra was part of the Quit India movement and Non-co-operation movement during one procession, she continued to advance With the Indian flag even after even being short trice. she kept shouting “Vande Mataram”.

Peer Ali Khan : He was one of the initial rebels of India. he was part of the 1857 freedom struggle and among the 14 people who were given capital punishment due to their role in the freedom movement . Even still, his work inspired many who followed but generations later, his name just faded away.

Garimella Satyanarayana : He was an inspiration for the people of Andhra, As a writer, he used his skill to write influential poems and songs to motivate the people of Andhra to join the movement against the British.

Begum Hazrat Mahal : She was a vital part of the 1857 Indian Rebellion. After her husband was exiled, she took charge of Awadh and even seized control of Lucknow during the rebellion. Later, Begam Hazrat had to retreat to Nepal, where she died.


This August 15, India will celebrate 74 years of Independence from the British Raj and also remember the 200- year old struggle for freedom of our countrymen.

The most famous freedom fighters are undoubtedly Mahatma Gandhi , Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Mangal Pandey, and so on, but there are also others who contributed to the independence movement but their names faded into the darkness.

There were many freedom fighters who looked into the eye of the tyrannical British rulers and dared to raise the slogan of an independent India.

Some are celebrated all across the world among the Indian community while there is, remain anonymous to the masses today.

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Essay On Unsung Heroes Of Freedom Struggle

Essay on Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle: There are many great freedom fighters who contributed to making India an independent nation who have never been recognized for their brave deeds, so they are called the unsung heroes of the freedom struggle.

A very challenging act, making India an independent nation took nearly 90 years, and without the effort of the unsung heroes of the nation, it would not have been possible.

Students and exam aspirants should pay special attention to the “Essay on unsung Heroes of The Freedom Struggle”. I have also provided a long elaborate essay on this topic in the same reference. The students might find this useful for writing essays, paragraphs, assignments, or projects on it.

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Essay on Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle 150 Words

It is well known that India has been ruled by several rulers, including the British, who ruled it for many years. Each and every Indian knows the significance of the Independence movement. Indians were subjected to a great deal of restrictions and lacked freedom.

To help the people of India live a peaceful life, the freedom fighters joined hands together and vowed to protect them. The British Raj ruled India for 148 years, until Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Rani Laxmi Bai, and several others came forward and freed the country.

In spite of this fact, many of these people are not well known to us due to many reasons. There are many examples of these people, such as Birsa Munda, Kamala Das, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Khudiram Bose, etc., who gave their lives and happiness to make the world a better place.

It is important to appreciate and regard the contributions of the unsung freedom fighters the same way we do the contributions of the well-known freedom fighters.

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Every country in the world has such heroes who sacrifice their lives for their country. Freedom cannot be achieved without leaders to achieve freedom. Every country in the world has these heroes. In order for a country to achieve freedom and independence, freedom fighters play a crucial role.

For almost 200 years, the British ruled India. They suppressed our voices and rights. It was a tough time for India. Indians were forced to work without any pay. India was in complete darkness.

After so many years of fighting against the Britishers, India gained its freedom from the British government in 1947 thanks to the freedom fighters who had fought against them.

Freedom fighters from all over India sacrificed their lives to fight against the Britishers. Some are famous, some are unknown. We must respect them both.

Freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi, Baghat Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Mangal Pandey, Bipin Chandra Pal, Bhimrao Ambedkar, and Sukhdev are renowned.

It is unfortunate that there are so many freedom fighters who are unknown to the world. We call them the Unsung Heroes of the Freedom Struggle of India. Here is a list of freedom fighters you may not have heard of.

Essay on Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle

Begum Hazrat Mahal

She led the battle for Indian independence in 1857 under Begum Hazrat Mahal, also known as “Begum of Awadh.”.

Bursa Munda

During the British regime, Birsa Munda led the millenarian movement which started in the Bengal Presidency (now known as Jharkhand) in 1875.

Peer Ali Khan

In 1857, Peer Ali Khan participated in the freedom movement of India and participated in many freedom movements. Sadly, he died as a result of his participation.

Lakshmi Sahgal

Lakshmi Sahgal was born on October 24, 1914 and served as a member of the Indian National Army and a minister of women’s affairs.

Garimella Satyanarayana

The poet Garimella Satyanarayana inspired many people. Using his poetry and songs, he instilled a sense of patriotism in the people of Andhra Pradesh to join the anti-British movement.

Matangini Hazra

Despite living in poverty, Matangini Hazra got little formal education. She was married at an early age and died when she was 18 after being widowed.

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Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle Essay 500 Words

More than 200 years ago, India was under British control. As a result, the freedom struggle movement started in 1857 in the nation and lasted until August 15, 1947.

It was a very long struggle for independence, lasting 90 years, and was a very painful experience for all the Indians during that time. It was a massive struggle, and many people throughout the nation participated in it.

In the history of our country, we have mostly read about and heard about famous freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Rani Lakshmibai, etc. However, the list of freedom fighters of the nation includes many more names.

Despite the fact that these individuals have been involved in the freedom struggle, the names and evidence of their bravery are not mentioned in our history.

Because nobody in the nation knows their names or their contributions to the country, these freedom fighters are called unsung heroes of the liberation struggle.

Indian cinema has played a crucial role in highlighting the names of the brave Indian revolutionaries such as Bhagat Singh and Mangal Pandey. Their names were also included on the list of unsung heroes of the nation.

Few Unsung Heroes Of The Independence Struggle

In 2022, we will celebrate our 76th independence day after celebrating our independence day for the last 75 years. In your opinion, would independence have been possible without the efforts of a few prominent leaders and freedom fighters?

The nation achieved independence as a result of the bravery and sacrifice of many great freedom fighters as well as unsung heroes.

On the 76th anniversary of India’s independence, let’s make our celebrations more memorable by learning about some of the unsung heroes who had sacrificed their lives to make India free but were never recognized by the citizens of the country. By doing so, we are paying tribute to all our unsung heroes, as well as their sacrifices.

Madam Bhikaji Kama

A prominent Indian revolutionary, Madam Bhikaji Kama was born in 1936 into a Parsi family in Mumbai. She went to London in 1936 for a cure of plague, where she met Shyamji Krishna Verma.

Her impression was greatly influenced by the speeches he delivered for London Indian communities. It was through Shyamji Krishna Verma that she became acquainted with Dadabhai Naoroji.

An important figure in the Indian independence struggle is Peer Ali Khan. In 1812, this revolutionary was born in Muhammadpur Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh state of India. In a rebellion against the British, he played a major role.

In this way, he was able to provide coded messages, notes, and important leaflets to the freedom fighters. Throughout his career, he was engaged in bookbinding. Additionally, he participated in campaigns against the British.

Sardar Udham Singh

As a freedom fighter, Sardar Udham Singh played a major role in the struggle for independence. The massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in 1919 greatly moved him, so he decided to avenge this painful incident by taking revenge. At that time, a British official named Michael O’Dwyer, the lieutenant governor of Punjab, was responsible for this painful incident.

On the 13th of March in 1940, Udham Singh was accused of killing O’Dwyer at Caxton Hall in London. Therefore, he was sentenced to death and hanged on 31st July 1940. While in prison, he kept his name Ram Mohammad Singh Azad, and emphasized the three main religions in the country – Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.

Tiruppur Kumaran

A freedom fighter, Tiruppur Kumaran was born on the 4th of October 1904 in Erode district of Tamil Nadu to Nachimuthu Mudaliyar and Karuppaayi. His involvement in protesting against Britishers started at a very young age.

Through the protests, he raised his voice against Britishers. At the age of 27, he died protesting against Britishers on January 11, 1932. The state government installed a statue in Tiruppur in honor of this great freedom fighter and India Post issued a stamp in his name to mark the centennial of his birth.

Khudiram Bose

A brave freedom fighter, Khudiram Bose is regarded as the second youngest revolutionary of the Indian Independence movement. He was born in the West Bengal State of India on 3rd December, 1889. His protests against British rule began at a very young age.

He was accused of the murder of two British women in a carriage. He was the first Indian revolutionary of Bengal to be executed by the British. His friend Prafulla Chaki shot himself before being arrested by the British. Khudiram Bose was 18 and 8 months old when sentenced to death.

It was Matangini Hazra who actively participated in the Indian independence struggle. In the year 1869, she was born in a small peasant family in Hogla village of West Bengal. She was active in protesting against the Britishers until the end of her life. As part of the Indian independence movement, she participated in several protests against the Britishers, and she was also imprisoned several times.

The Indian revolutionary Begum Hazrat Mahal fought for freedom during the 1857 independence revolt. She was born in 1820 in Uttar Pradesh. The second wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, Begum Hazrat Mahal took part in nationalist activities after the British took over Awadh and the Nawab was exiled in Calcutta. She died there in 1879.

Indian history has been filled with the sacrifice of many brave freedom fighters. It is regrettable that we are unaware of the names of many of them, who sacrificed their lives for the nation’s independence.

As we celebrate Independence Day in the nation, we remember the events of our history and pay tribute to all of our freedom fighters for their bravery and sacrifice. The names of many brave Indian revolutionaries are in obscurity, but we can recognize them by referring to them as ‘unsung heroes of the freedom struggle’.

Independence of India is a great gift from the brave freedom fighters, both known and unknown. We salute all of these unsung heroes for their brave sacrifices and brave deeds in this country.

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India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate its 75 years of progressive independent. It’s long drawn struggle to free India from the foreign rule has been a saga of valour. Many people sacrifice their lives for freedom of India. It was not merely for political rights, but for freedom from oppression of the foreign rule in all walks of life. 

Many people from every nook and corner of the country indulged themselves in freedom struggle.  The supreme sacrifice and selfless spirit of these freedom fighters craved the way for Independent India. But unfortunately, in the recorded history of freedom struggle, a large number of freedom fighters contributions are missing. The history of India’s true freedom struggle is incomplete without these unsung heroes. These unsung heroes should also be recognized by the people for their contribution in making India free and Independent nation.

To recognize the contributions and paying tributes to these great sons and daughters of our country who sacrifice their life for freedom of India, now India is celebrating   Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav . A series of programmes are being organised on the theme AKAM and Unsung Heroes of India's Freedom Struggle to give due respect and recognition to unsung freedom fighters of India.

Remembering the unsung heroes of freedom struggle, Government of India also started infographic series. Every month many unsung heroes are remembered and people made aware through this infographic series. Awareness campaign through different mediums including social media are also used to make people informed about these unsung heroes of India’s freedom struggle. This is our tribute to these freedom fighters who sacrifice their lives for making India an Independent Nation.

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Ram Saran Das, Lala: Ram Saran Das was convicted in the first Lahore Conspiracy case in the year 1915. After his release, he became active in the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association and was again convicted.

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Sukhdev Raj: Sukhdev Raj was born in Lahore on 7th December 1907. He joined the revolutionary movement to make India an Independent nation with the influence of Bhagwati Charan Vohra. When Chandra Shekhar Azad was martyred in Allahabad on 27 February 1931, Sukhdev Raj was with Chandrashekhar Azad. At that time Azad forced him to flee from there. He was jailed for six years in two terms after that he came under the influence of Vinoba Bhave and started serving the leprosy patients in Durg. Here he passed away on 5 July 1973.

Sushila Didi: Sushila Didi was born on 5 March 1905 in Punjab. She joined Hindustan Socialist Republican Association under the influence of Bhagwati Charan Vohra and helped the revolutionaries in various ways. She helped Bhagat Singh by providing shelter after the assassination of Saunders in December 1928 in Calcutta. After independence, she was also President of the Delhi Congress. Sushila Didi passed away on 13 January 1963.

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Tapeshwar Pandey: Tapeshwar Pandey was a resident of village Atthar, Shahabad district, Bihar. He participated in the Quit India movement. On 19 August 1942, when the British troops encircled the militant village and opened fire, Tapeshwar Pandey was shot dead on the spot.

Acharya Harihara: Acharya Harihara was born in 1879 at Sriramchandrapur village Sakhigopal in Puri District Odisha. He completed primary studies in the village then admitted in the Puri District School. He along with Gopabandhu Choudhury participated in Salt Satyagraha 1930 to break the salt law. He was arrested along with all other satyagrahis and jailed for six months at Hazaribag jail in Bihar. During the Quit India Movement in 1942 he along with other satyagrahis were arrested because of their active participation. After India’s independence Acharya Harihara continued to work for the welfare of the people and passed away on 29th February 1971.

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Jaggi Devi: Jaggi Devi was popularly known as 'Mata'. She was born in 1917 in a peasant family. She played a leading role in the peasant movement in Avadh. She led the women of Kisanin Sabhas into Satyagraha and fought against the inhuman practice of eviction of the wife and children of dead tenants from their land. She actively participated in Quit India movement. Jaggi Devi's fight for freedom went beyond 1947 and meant not only political swaraj but also economic swaraj which would transform the exploitative land relations.

Rajendra Nath Lahiri: Rajendra Nath Lahiri was the mastermind behind Kakori conspiracy and Dakshineshwar bombing. He was revolutionary member of Hindustan Republican Association aiming at ousting the British from India. He was a Banaras Hindu University student when the revolutionary activities started in Uttar Pradesh and he joined the Hindustan Republican Association along with many other Bengali friends. Among the Kakori martyrs, he was hanged on 17 December 1927 two days before when Ashfaqullah Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil and Roshan Singh hanged on 19 December, 1927.

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Protein: the Unsung Heroes Inside our Bodies

This engaging essay dives into the dynamic world of proteins, portraying them as the multifaceted powerhouses within our bodies. It describes proteins as the unsung heroes of the cellular world, each uniquely structured by amino acids to perform a variety of critical functions. The essay highlights enzymes as key players, vital for speeding up bodily chemical reactions, emphasizing their role in processes like digestion and DNA replication. It also explores the structural importance of proteins, such as collagen and keratin, which strengthen our skin, hair, and nails. The piece touches on the protective role of antibodies, the body’s natural defense against pathogens, and the significance of transport proteins like hemoglobin in distributing oxygen throughout the body. Additionally, it discusses proteins’ function as hormonal messengers, with insulin cited as a key example in regulating blood sugar levels. The essay concludes by celebrating the essential, continuous work of these molecular machines in maintaining bodily functions, underscoring the remarkable versatility and indispensability of proteins in our daily lives. PapersOwl showcases more free essays that are examples of Protein.

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Let us discuss proteins, those amazing microscopic workers that maintain the proper functioning of our bodies. They’re like the Swiss Army knives of the cellular world, multitasking to keep everything ticking over. Whether it’s digesting your lunch or keeping your heart beating, proteins are there, working behind the scenes.

First off, proteins aren’t just one-trick ponies. They’re made up of amino acids, which are like the alphabet of the protein world. The way these amino acids line up decides what each protein does.

It’s like each protein has its own special job, shaped perfectly to get it done. Think of it like puzzle pieces – only the right piece will fit in the right place.

Enzymes are the big stars among proteins. They’re like the busy bees, speeding up all those chemical reactions in our bodies that would otherwise drag their feet. Without enzymes, simple things like breaking down food or even copying our DNA when cells divide would be painfully slow.

But proteins aren’t just about speed. They’re also the body’s builders and scaffolders. Collagen and keratin are the tough guys, giving structure to our skin and strength to our hair and nails. Without them, we’d be a bit of a floppy mess.

Then there are the defender proteins, like antibodies, constantly on the lookout for nasty germs to take down. They’re the body’s bouncers, keeping us safe from infections. And let’s not forget the transport proteins, like hemoglobin, shuttling oxygen all over the body. It’s like they’re running a delivery service, making sure every cell gets what it needs.

Proteins also play the role of the body’s messengers. Hormones like insulin are proteins that zip around, telling our cells what to do. When insulin gives the signal, cells open up to take in sugar from our blood. It’s a delicate dance to keep everything balanced.

In a nutshell, proteins are the real MVPs of our bodies. They’re working non-stop, doing all sorts of jobs, from building and repairing to defending and communicating. It’s amazing to think about all the things these tiny molecular machines are doing right this second. So next time you’re munching on a protein-packed snack, give a little nod to those hardworking proteins that keep you going.


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UNSUNG HERO Is a ‘Beautiful Story of Family and Faith’

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The stars of UNSUNG HERO are sharing what making the movie has meant to them. 

For KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone, who co-directed, co-wrote and starred in the movie, told Movieguide®, “I have to recognize Richard Ramsey [co-director]…[we] wouldn’t have a film without Richard’s deep passion for family, for our family, and the way he leaned in was pretty profound.”

“I had the real honor to kind of not only get behind the camera with Richard but also get in front of the camera and play our dad, and so there was a lot of honor through the whole thing,” he continued. 

Joel’s brother Luke, who produced the movie, shared his hopes for UNSUNG HERO, saying it’s “virtually impossible” to make a movie that touches everyone “unless you talk about family, because when you talk about family, everyone’s got a mother, everyone’s got a father…I think what happened with this film is, people started to see their families in the film.”

“Part of the hope is that people will go home and they will value their family,” he said. 

Their sister, Rebecca St. James, called UNSUNG HERO “an authentic portrayal” of what the Smallbone family experienced when they first came to America, saying, “We lived by faith for multiple years. We saw God do miracles.”

“We’re in a time where people need encouragement in family and in faith, and I think this movie embodies that,” St. James concluded. 

Candace Cameron Bure also starred in the movie and co-produced it with her Candy Rock Entertainment Company. 

“It is such a beautiful story of family and miracles and faith at the core,” she shared. “I’m so proud of this movie…it’s all about family entertainment. This is what we want, this is what we need.”

A synopsis of UNSUNG HERO reads , “When David Smallbone’s successful music company collapses, he moves his family from Australia to the United States in search of a brighter future. With nothing more than their six children, their suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Based on a remarkable true story, a mum’s faith stands against all odds; and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs.”

Joel and Luke have previously spoken about the importance of family and how that influenced the movie. 

“I believe in the power of the family,” Luke said during a screening of UNSUNG HERO at Liberty University. “I think the family is more important today than it ever has been in the history of the world.”

He added, “That’s kind of the heartbeat behind this movie. If we want to see revival in the Western world, I think it’s going to come through the family.”

Movieguide® previously reported on UNSUNG HERO:

The cast and crew of UNSUNG HERO are sharing their thoughts on the upcoming movie’s story and their hopes for the impact it has on audiences. 

“We’ve been sharing this story from stage for years,” for KING & COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone said . “It’s one that has continued to resonate with our listeners and audience.”

His brother and bandmate Luke added, “Our family went through some very, very difficult things and we want to tell that story.”

Lucas Black, who plays Jed Albright, said, “When I read this story, I [was] like, ‘Man, this is one I’d be proud to be a part of.’”

Betts, who portrays the Smallbones’ mother, shared, “To read a character that I connected to the story on so many levels just surprised me and took my breath away.”

“Having heard the music, having watched the scenes, I think that people are going to take away hope from this film,” Candace Cameron Bure (Kay Albright) said. “There’s redemption, there’s hope, there’s love…it will just encourage you.”

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The movie also follows the family's mother, Helen Smallbone, as she uses her faith to hold the family of nine together by turning struggles into an adventure for her children. The movie also follows the family's mother, Helen Smallbone, as she uses her faith to hold the family of nine together by turning struggles into an adventure for her children. The movie also follows the family's mother, Helen Smallbone, as she uses her faith to hold the family of nine together by turning struggles into an adventure for her children.

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis sings praises for unsung hero vs. Pelicans that makes LA tough to beat

T he Los Angeles Lakers scraped by the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night in the NBA Play-In Tournament, securing a 110-106 victory to book a first-round playoff date with the Denver Nuggets. All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the team to victory as per usual, but there was a certain unsung hero who came off the bench for Los Angeles as well .

That hero goes by the name of Gabe Vincent, former Miami Heat point guard who missed the majority of the season due to injury. While he may not be the main headline-grabber, he’s at least admired by Davis, who seemed quite grateful to have him back in the rotation, via Khobi Price of the LA Daily News.

“He’s a ballhawk,” Anthony Davis said. “And he’s a very high-IQ player. Just a great overall talent. High-IQ player. When he’s like that on the defensive end, we’re just a tougher team to beat.”

Of course, Davis was referring to the myriad of solid moments that Vincent had on the defensive end. Less than one minute into the game, for example, the veteran grabbed a stylish steal. He dove for a bad pass from Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. and then kicked it out to Taurean Prince Jr. to start the fast break.

Was this just a one-off performance, or will Vincent’s presence actually help the Lakers’ chances against the defending champion Nuggets?

Gabe Vincent improves the Lakers, but beating Nuggets will still be a tall order

Vincent’s game was a microcosm of what he’s capable of when fully healthy. The 27-year-old primarily guarded CJ McCollum, who finished with just nine points on 4-of-15 shooting, via ESPN. He also switched onto Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram for long stretches, showing his ability to take on larger opponents despite being just 6-foot-2.

Vincent also did well offensively, scoring nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with one assist across 18 minutes. He canned two of his four shots from downtown, tying for the second-most three-pointers made on the squad.

The 27-year-old is getting into shape at the right time, as Los Angeles will need all the help it can get against second-seeded Denver. This was only Vincent’s eighth game of the season after returning on March 31st from left knee surgery.

“Each game I feel better, naturally,” Vincent said, via the Daily News. “There’s no replacing reps. And I think that’s something I miss most of this year, whether it’s reps in practice or just getting shots up or a rhythm-type thing. But each game I feel better naturally and always better when you get a win.”

Vincent’s presence as a shooting threat will be especially paramount against the Nuggets, as that will help space the floor for James and Davis to work inside. If one of them gets double-teamed in the paint, that could open up good looks for Vincent on the perimeter.

The Modesto, California native may not be able to shut down Jamal Murray or Michael Porter Jr. like he did McCollum, but even slightly slowing them down would go a long way for the Lakers. Both players caused major headaches for them when Nikola Jokic wasn’t terrorizing them with his own scoring prowess.

While it’ll be a tough mission for Los Angeles to beat Denver in a seven-game series, stranger things have happened. Vincent’s presence makes the Lakers slightly better than they were a few weeks ago, and that’s all they can ask for at this point.

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