HERO OF FORGIVENESS
Kai Leigh Harriott
In a powerfully dramatic courtroom moment, five-year-old Kai Leigh Harriott sat in her wheelchair and looked directly at the man who had just pleaded guilty to firing the shot that paralyzed her three years ago. Her face was stained with tears as she spoke to 29-year old, Anthony Warren, who had fired three rounds at the house where she was sitting on a porch with her sister singing songs. One of those bullets severed her spine and left her paralyzed for life at the age of 3.
"What you done to me was wrong," she said to the man seated just a few feet away. "But I still forgive him."
That Boston trial was videotaped and Kai’s emotional scene has replayed on television, over the Internet, and in newspapers across the country and beyond. Kai Leigh, now 6, has been in People magazine and featured on ''Inside Edition" and took a free trip to Disney World.
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.