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The Birthright of Human Dignity

Will Thomas - Westford, Vermont
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, October 11, 2013

In his 1953 memoir, “The Seeking,” Will Thomas detailed his family’s experience of moving to an all-white New England town. His essay explores how his own bigotry once shaped his beliefs.

Introduction to the Original This I Believe

Edward R Murrow - New York, New York
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, May 8, 2009

In launching This I Believe in 1951, host Edward R. Murrow explained the need for such a radio program at that time in American history, and said his own beliefs were “in a state of flux.”

Free Minds and Hearts at Work

Jackie Robinson - New York, New York
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, July 10, 2009

In 1947, Jackie Robinson pioneered the integration of American professional athletics by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. From a This I Believe essay recorded in 1952, he discusses his fight against prejudice.

A New Birth of Freedom

Maximilian Hodder - Hollywood, California
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, July 3, 2009

From the 1950s series, European film writer and director Maximilian Hodder tells how his detention in a Soviet gulag nearly destroyed his faith in humanity. But when he found freedom in the West, Hodder regained his belief in the goodness of people.

Nobody Can Walk the Trail Alone

Louise Dickinson Rich - Bridgewater, Massachusetts
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, May 7, 2010

From the 1950s series, bestselling writer Louise Dickinson Rich tells how a family tragedy challenged her notions of strength and independence. But when she accepted the help of her neighbors, Rich found a greater connection to humanity.

A Philosophy to Live By

John Cromwell - Hollywood, California
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, June 19, 2009

Actor, producer and director John Cromwell makes his statement of belief in the form of a letter to his son. Cromwell tells the 14-year old that the discovery of a philosophy to live by is a healing thing.

All Or Nothing

Walter White - New York, New York
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, June 12, 2009

Long-time NAACP Executive Secretary and civil rights activist Walter White was inspired by his parents as well as Jesus and Gandhi to believe in upholding moral principles and committing to human equality.

The Light of a Brighter Day

Helen Keller - Easton, Connecticut
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, June 5, 2009

Helen Keller learned to communicate through the eyes and ears of others after a fever left her deaf and blind as an infant. The author, activist and lecturer discusses her vision of faith and how it gives her hope for the future of mankind.

The Only Way to Make a Friend

Herbert Lehman - New York
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, May 29, 2009

Governor, Senator and investment banker Herbert H. Lehman believes that preserving freedom of expression requires us to respect the views of others and provide equality for all.

What Makes Me Feel Big

J. Frank Dobie - Austin, Texas
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, May 22, 2009

Texas writer and folklorist J. Frank Dobie finds inspiration in those things that make him feel big: his belief in evolution, the beauty of nature, and a drive to push the status quo.