The story of the journey of a man who not only escaped death, but also fought oppression, and overcame the odds, and ultimately stands as a symbol for history as a defining figure of the cost, value, and worth of freedom.
Robert Smalls was born as a house slave, in Beaufort, South Carolina, on April 5, 1839. At 12 years old, he was a day laborer on the waterfront, working as a rigger and eventually a sailor. In 1856, he married Hannah Jones, and then made many attempts to buy his family out of slavery, which unfortunately failed. Then the Civil War began, and Robert Smalls was a on the Confederate supply ship the Planter. After several months of hard work, he patiently waited for an opportunity to escape. On May 13, 1862, while the white officers and crew slept in Charleston, Smalls and a crew of eight men, along with five women and three children (including Smalls’s wife and two children), quietly slipped the Planter out of the harbor. Smalls navigated the ship through five checkpoints, using the correct signals to pass each, and made it to open waters and the Union blockade. It was daring, dangerous, and if caught, the crew was ready to blow up the vessel. The inspiring escape of Robert Smalls was one of the main factors that encouraged President Lincoln to free African Americans, and to allow them to serve in the Union military. After the war, Robert Smalls was became as a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia and purchased his former owner’s house in Beaufort, South Carolina. After that, he was elected to both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the State Senate.
Smalls went from being a slave to leading a nation and paving the way for a new future. Escaping one world and experiencing the new one.
Change is inevitable; the challenge is guaranteed; a journey is the cumulation of both. Celebrate, be joyful, get excited, and proudly express your passion for our journey through space together.
Terry Fox, a dedicated athlete, succumbed to one of the most harrowing experiences an athlete and anyone can have. At just 18 years old Terry’s right leg required to been amputated due to cancer. After this dramatic life-altering event, Terry was determined to be like Dick Traum, the first amputee to complete the New York City Marathon, and embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. He intended to run the length of Canada in the hope of increasing cancer awareness. To complete such a monuments task, Fox found that after about 20 minutes of each run, he crossed a pain threshold, and the run became easier.
On September 2, 1979, Fox competed in a 17-mile (27 km) road race in Prince George. Fox initially hoped to raise $1 million but ended up raising $10 million. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in worldwide legacy. Today, The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over $750 million has been raised in his name, as of January 2018.
Chomo-Lungma, or “Mother Goddess of the Land,” by the Tibetans, the English, however, named the mountain after Sir George Everest, the 19th-century British surveyor of South Asia. The summit of Everest is two-thirds of the way through the earth’s atmosphere, which is about the cruising altitude of most jet airliners. Oxygen levels are very low, temperatures extremely cold, and weather is unpredictable and dangerous. But the two explorers marched on determined to prove the impossible possible. On May 28, Tenzing and Hillary set up camp at 27,900 feet. Woke up early on May 29, 1953, and by 9:00 am, Hillary had wedged himself in a crack in the face of the mountain, thereafter this location is now known as the Hillary Step. At about 11:30 am, the two legendary climbers arrived at the top of the world, and had completed the challenge that many before had unfortunately failed, proving that strategy and raw determination works.