What defines courage? According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, courage is defined as being ‘the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery’ or to ‘show strength in the face of pain or grief’. However, courage can come in many forms, whether a peaceful resistance against an oppressor, fighting for something you believe in, or bearing pain for a greater cause, as shown by so many people throughout history, such as these.
The Unknown Rebel – Faced Down the Chinese Army at the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests
Rosa Parks – Stayed Seated for Human Rights
Rosa Parks, a black political activist, set the ball rolling that eventually led to desegregation by calmly and politely refusing to give up her seat at the front of a segregated bus – one of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement.
Joan of Arc – Saint of Courage
Thich Quang Duc – Self-Immolation
In an unparalleled act of courage and bravery during the Vietnam War, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc denounced the South Vietnamese government for their persecution of Buddhists by setting himself alight in a square in Saigon. As he burned, he never moved a muscle or uttered a sound.
Nelson Mandela – The Fight against Apartheid
Arrested for treason in 1963 and initially sentenced to death for plotting to overthrow the government, Nelson Mandela kept up his lifelong fight against racial segregation throughout his 27-year jail term, to become South Africa’s first black president and change history.