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The Humanitarian Wall at WISE is a unique tribute to many of
the famous names throughout history which are synonymous with the
fight for emancipation and freedom.
Aung San Suu Kyi (1945--)
opposition leader and chairperson of the National League for
Democracy (NLD). Placed under house arrest from 2000 to 2002 and
again from 2003 until her latest release on 13 November 2010,
becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners. In
2013 announced that she will run for the presidency in Burma’s 2015
Steve Biko (1946-77)
South Africa anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black
Consciousness Movement, which sought to empower and mobilise the
urban black population in South Africa. Died in police custody in
Pretoria in 1977.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45)
Protestant theologian who became an outspoken critic of Nazism and
was hanged for his role in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
His writings, among them The Cost of Discipleship (1937), had a
profound impact on the development of post-war ethics and
Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846)
British abolitionist who worked closely with William Wilberforce in
the early campaign to abolish the British slave trade. His Essay on
the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species (1786), which he
wrote while still a student at Cambridge, is considered one of the
landmark texts in the development of British abolitionism in the
late eighteenth century.
Frederick Douglass (1818-95)
who became one of the great American anti-slavery leaders. In 1845
he published his memoir Narrative of the Life of Frederick
Douglass, an American Slave, one of the first American slave
narratives and now considered an American classic.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois
Leading black intellectual and
African-American activist, Du Bois was a founding member of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
in 1909, the oldest and largest civil rights organisation in the
Olaudah Equiano (1745-97)
purchased his freedom and worked as a merchant and explorer in
South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies and
Britain, where he settled in 1792. His autobiography, The
Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789) is one
of the earliest examples of published writing by an African and the
first influential slave narrative.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Leader of the Indian National Congress who in 1947 participated in
the post-war negotiations that led to Indian independence. Best
known for his advocacy of non-violent protest, which had an impact
on black civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King.
Toussaint L’Ouverture (c.
Haitian patriot who joined the Haitian
Revolution in 1791 and became its foremost general, defeating both
French and British forces. In 1802 he was betrayed and captured and
subsequently died imprisoned in France.
Martin Luther King
African-American civil rights activist and
leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. During the
1950s and 1960s he became the public face of the Civil Rights
Movement in the United States and is perhaps best remembered for
his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in Washington, DC in 1963. Awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
President who in 1863 issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation,
which paved the way for the abolition of slavery in the United
Nelson Mandela (1918-2014)
prominent leader in the struggle of South African blacks against
apartheid who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1961 for
sabotage and conspiracy by the white minority government of South
Africa. Released in 1990, Mandela went on to be elected South
Africa’s president in the nation’s first all-race elections.
Co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Jose Marti (1853-95)
leader and poet who was killed while fighting for Cuban
independence from Spain.
Edmund Dene Morel (1873-1924)
journalist and author who led the campaign against slavery in the
Belgian Congo (1900-1913).
Tom Paine (1737-1809)
British radical and
publicist who advocated American independence and defended the
French Revolution. Author of Common Sense (1776) and The Rights of
Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960)
suffragist who later devoted herself to the cause of anti-fascism.
Author of The Suffragette: The History of the Women’s Militant
Suffrage Movement (1911).
Rosa Parks (1913-2005)
civil rights activist and ‘mother of the freedom movement’ who in
December 1955 refused to give up her seat in a ‘whites only’
section of a segregated bus, an action that triggered the
Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56).
Granville Sharp (1735-1813)
British abolitionist and founder of the Sierra Leone Company who in
1772 successfully fought to defend the right of blacks in Britain
not to be forced overseas into bondage against their will.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
writer whose novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) is probably the most
famous piece of anti-slavery literature published during the
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
helped hundreds of American slaves escape along the secret route to
freedom known as the Underground Railroad. During the American
Civil War she also served the Union as a scout, spy and nurse.
Desmond Tutu (1931-)
South African prelate
and leader in the anti-apartheid struggle who became a prominent
advocate of international economic sanctions against South Africa.
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
Raoul Wallenberg (1912-47)
diplomat and businessman who is widely celebrated for his
successful efforts to rescue thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied
Hungary during the Second World War.
William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
Hull and Yorkshire who led the parliamentary campaign against
slavery and the slave trade.