#InContext: Bryan Stevenson

By: MOLLY WICKER When lawyer Bryan Stevenson was a boy, his grandmother asked him to promise to take care of his mother, to do the right thing even in the face of adversity, and to steer clear of alcohol. He fulfilled her three requests and, as an adult, credits this conversation for helping determine his … Continue reading #InContext: Bryan Stevenson

#InContext: Ralph Waldo Emerson

By: MOLLY WICKER As a young man coming of age during the time of the Civil War, Ralph Waldo Emerson saw firsthand the consequences and destruction of slavery. Emerson was a passionate opponent of slavery and his thoughts on the subject are scattered throughout his essays, speeches, and collected works. Emerson was born on May … Continue reading #InContext: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog: The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Founding Directors Victor Boutros and John Richmond reflect on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog. July 30th marked the UN’s fourth annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which seeks to increase awareness of human trafficking as a serious crime and human rights violation. Traffickers make money … Continue reading Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog: The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

#InContext: Ta-nehisi Coates

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS The experience of a trafficking victim is largely unaffected by statements written in their government’s database. Likewise, slavery did not end in the United States after it was outlawed by the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. According to the Slavery Convention of 1926, slavery is “the status or condition of a … Continue reading #InContext: Ta-nehisi Coates

#InContext: W.E.B. Du Bois

By: MOLLY WICKER Scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, but his life and legacy extended far beyond the confines of the Deep South. As a child, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, better known as W.E.B. Du Bois, identified as “mulatto,” but freely attended school with … Continue reading #InContext: W.E.B. Du Bois

#InContext: Mary Wollstonecraft

By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Mary Wollstonecraft provocatively compared the women of 18th Century England to slaves in her groundbreaking feminist classic, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. They were not literally slaves, but in a time when women were denied equal access to education, jobs (besides childrearing and housekeeping duties), voting rights, and general influence … Continue reading #InContext: Mary Wollstonecraft

#InContext: St. Francis of Assisi

By: MOLLY WICKER St. Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury in exchange for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to live in poverty and rebuild the Christian church. Today, he is considered the patron saint of animals and the environment by the Catholic Church … Continue reading #InContext: St. Francis of Assisi

#InContext: Mother Teresa

By: MOLLY WICKER For decades, Mother Teresa’s kindness and generosity has captured the attention of the world. She was showered with honorary degrees and awards and universally praised by the media. Popes, presidents, philanthropists, and even the Queen, looked to her for guidance to eradicate poverty and affect change. Despite the many influential people vying … Continue reading #InContext: Mother Teresa

#InContext: Rosa Parks

By: SARAH CRAMER Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. At a young age, Parks’ parents separated. She and her mother moved in with her mother’s parents, who were former slaves. From a young age, she witnessed her family serve as leading examples and strong advocates for human equality. In one … Continue reading #InContext: Rosa Parks

#InContext: Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet and has spent his lifetime advocating for the freedom of Tibet. His Holiness was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family in the village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. At birth, he was named Lhamo Dhondup, but at the … Continue reading #InContext: Dalai Lama