October 24 is United Nations Day — Today I Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s Work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Eleanor RooseveltOn October 24, 1945, the United Nations was established by the UN Charter. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first American delegate to the UN, the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, and she presided over the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In the garden of the UN Headquarters in New York, there is a monument inscribed thusly:

1884 — Anna Eleanor Roosevelt — 1962
She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world

The full reading of the Declaration is on the UN website.

Peace & progress,

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