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Just Imagine…It Just Takes One

Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician, discovered the impact of germs on proper medical treatment and proposed that doctors scrub their hands before conducting any procedure. By implementing the then-innovative practice of antiseptic hand-washing, he successfully...

Just Imagine…Repairing Past Racial Harms

Callie House was born in 1861 as an enslaved person in Tennessee. She was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. She married at age 22 and went on to have six children. Her husband died early, and she had to take work as a washerwoman to support her family. At the...

Just Imagine…the Injustice of Taking

Governments need the ability to acquire property for public purposes. Without it, we'd have no public roads, buildings, parks, schools, national forests, military bases, etc. In the US, this power of eminent domain, inherited from English common law, is limited by...

Just Imagine…Cascading Influence for Peace

Marguerite (Maggy) Barankitse was born in Ruyigi, a city in Burundi, Africa. Maggy’s father died when she was six. Her mother never remarried but Maggy’s family grew as her mother adopted 8 children. Maggy would follow in her mother’s example and adopted her first...

Just Imagine…Developing Women’s Talent

Many low- and middle-income nations face a problem of having millions of people whose talent is undeveloped and whose potential is wasted. Peru is one example. One in five young people (15 – 24 years) neither work nor are going to school, and a majority of these...

Just Imagine…Writing for Justice

Ida B. Wells was born a slave in 1862 but was freed when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Ida was one of the few African-Americans who was able to go to college in the years following the Civil War, but she had to drop her education after her...

What If It’s Our Last Independence Day?

We just celebrated Independence Day here in the US. What if it's our last? Independence Day is more than a celebration of our freedom from another country, it's a celebration of our democracy. On Independence Day, we celebrate our independence as free and equal...

Just Imagine…Living as our True Selves

Dawn Langley Hall lived a life of crossing boundary lines. She was born out of wedlock on an English estate in the 1920s, reportedly the child of the household chauffeur and a teenage servant (who is sometimes described as being “from a high social class”). Dawn...

Hidden Heroes: Dr. John Fryer

John Fryer was born in Kentucky in 1937. Being very bright, he graduated from high school when he was 15 and college when he was 19. He then went to medical school where his interests were in psychiatry. John happened to be gay. After receiving his medical degree...