HERO OF FORGIVENESS
Melba Beals

 

Melba Beals was one of seven black students who integrated the all-white Little Rock High School in 1954 during the height of the segregation era.  Though she was terrorized at school for over a year thereafter, she eventually came to a consciousness of healing and forgiveness for the injustices and injuries inflicted upon her.

 


HEROES of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace

 

The designation of "Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.

 

These are not necessarily famous people. They are often ordinary people who have chosen to express profound and genuine forgiveness in their personal lives. These people have experienced a transformation as a result of their act or acts of forgiveness and demonstrate how this change continues to manifest over time. Their stories can inspire and motivate ordinary people to act in a similar manner.

 

CHAMPIONS of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace

 

The "Champions of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" designation is bestowed upon those whose professional work inspires and leads the way by defining, applying and spreading the concept of forgiveness reconciliation and peace.