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Irena Sendler Life in a Jar

Life in a Jar

Catholic social worker Irena Sendler risked her own life to rescue over 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland in WWII. more
Ken Reinhardt and Little Rock Nine student at Little Rock Central High graduation

Walk with Me

It’s never easy standing up to your peers, even if it’s the right thing to do. But we all have a choice: stand by or stand up. Kendall Reinhardt stood up. more

The Voluntary Prisoner

War, by nature, denotes division: you’re with us or you’re against us. Ralph Lazo didn't see it that way. So he chose to live in a Japanese internment camp to protest racism. more
David Kirby, Therese Frare, AIDS, Life Magazine

Gone Too Soon

Young photojournalist student Therese Frare took the iconic photo of David Kirby that changed the face of HIV/AIDS in the 1990s. more
L. Alex Wilson overview image

We Are Newspapermen

Despite facing extreme violence, journalist L. Alex Wilson kept reporting—and his writing helped change public consciousness at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. more
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Jacob Valentine and the Sandhill Crane

Jacob Valentine II fought to save the Mississippi Sandhill Crane from extinction and strengthened the 1973 Endangered Species Act as a result. more

Ashes on the Moon

A pioneer in space science and comet discoverer, astrogeologist Gene Shoemaker remains the only person whose ashes have been buried on the moon. more

Confronting Adversity through Secret Newspapers

Even spending his childhood in the Terezin ghetto couldn't shake young Holocaust survivor Pavel Weiner's faith in humanity. more

Warrior of the Heart

The founder of pediatric cardiology, Helen Taussig’s surgical innovations have saved millions of babies' lives worldwide. more
Dr. Martin Luther King, Sheyann Webb

Pigtails and Protests

Dubbed the “smallest freedom fighter” by Dr. Martin Luther King himself, Sheyann Webb was just 8 years old when she joined the Civil Rights Movement. more
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The Berlin Candy Bomber

During the Soviet blockade of West Berlin, U.S. Colonel Halvorsen organized airlifts of candy and other goodies to raise the morale of the German children. more
Jane Elliott in class

Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes

For her lesson on prejudice and discrimination, “Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes,” Jane Elliott used collars to separate her third grade students by eye color. more

Sands of Time

Imagine spending your life fighting to preserve an endangered lake shore. That's exactly what Dorothy Buell did. more

The Rats Say Yes

In looking for a cure for beriberi, scientist Robert R. Williams discovered thiamine, which has eradicated many nutritional deficiencies around the world. more
Maria Meva Mikusz and Inka, Under the Seagull's Wings

Under the Seagull's Wings

15-year-old Meva Mikusz rescued a 2-year-old girl from the Czortkow Ghetto during WWII and raised her throughout the duration of the war. more

Women Saving Schools

Frances Williams and the Women's Emergency Committee worked to change community attitudes toward school desegregation following the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. more

Sylvia Mendez

Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez’s landmark 1946 desegregation case paved the way for Brown vs. Board of Education. more

The Weapon of Intelligence

Dr. Eugene Lazowski saved the lives of over 8,000 Polish Jews during WWII by injecting them with a phony vaccine that would create a false positive for typhus. more

A Light in the Darkness

An American nurse, Emma Darling Cushman saved the lives of thousands of Armenian children during the Armenian genocide. more
Andrew Higgins. (Photo via New Orleans Public Library)

The Right Man at the Right Time

The outcome of WWII could have been completely different if not for the vision and technological innovations of one man: Andrew Higgins. more
Frances Kelsey removed thalidomide from the market and changed the way the FDA approves drugs.

Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

Frances Kelsey stood up to drug companies to remove a toxic sleeping pill from the market, ultimately changing the way the FDA approves drugs. more
Civil war nurse Mother Mary Bickerdyke

"She Outranks Me"

Nicknamed "Mother" Mary Bickerdyke, a civil war nurse climbed the ranks of the military and revolutionized wartime medical care. more
Unsung Hero Lt. Colonel Tran Ngoc Hue

Lt. Colonel Tran Ngoc Hue

With the South Vietnamese Army, Tran Ngoc Hue aided the U.S. during the Vietnam War and saved countless American lives. more

Alice Seeley Harris

A young missionary, Harris used photography to expose human rights violations by Belgian colonists in the Congo. more

Minoru Yasui

A Japanese orchardist from Hood River, Oregon, Minoru Yasui started the first Supreme Court case testing the constitutionality of Japanese internment. more

The Sum of Her Contributions

Sofia Kovalevskaya was the first major Russian female mathematician and one of the first women to work as an editor for a scientific journal. more

Hedy Lamarr

Known as the most beautiful woman in the world, Hedy Lamarr was also a mathematician and inventor who assisted in the war effort during WWII. more

Anna Smith Strong

Anna Smith Strong was an American patriot and the only female member of George Washington's Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War. more
Michael McAndrews / Hartford Courant

Elizabeth Horton Sheff

Civil rights activist Elizabeth Horton Sheff led a landmark lawsuit to rectify educational inequities between urban and suburban schools. more
Anthony Petrelis's Class holds up research images for their Unsung Hero project

Sarah Bradlee Fulton

The "Mother of the Boston Tea Party" and one of Washington's first female spies, Sarah Bradlee Fulton played a critical role in the Revolutionary War. more

Rosli Naf

A nurse with the Swiss Red Cross, Rosli Naf rescued several Jewish children from Nazi controlled France during WWII. more

Virginia Apgar

Virginia Apgar developed the A.P.G.A.R. score, which determines a baby’s health one and five minutes after birth and has saved millions of babies lives. more
U.S. carrier pigeon Cher Ami

Dear Friend to the Rescue

With courage and perseverance, a carrier pigeon saved over 200 Americans on his last mission during WWI. more
Sergeant Stubby, an American hero.

The Most Decorated Animal in American Military History

A stray dog named Stubby showed courage and saved countless lives in World War I. more