Human Rights Innovators

“This two-volume work from Salem Press, which appears to be designed primarily for secondary school students and college undergraduates, offers biographical sketches of 208 individuals who were selected for having advanced the cause of human rights since the 1960s. They are in alphabetical order, beginning with U.S. civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy and ending with Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Many of the subjects are obvious choices, such as Nelson Mandela and Elie Wiesel, while others will be new to most U.S. readers. For example, Yemeni activist and Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman is cited for her work on gender equality and nonviolence; lesser-known selections include Native American educator Ada E. Deer and Kimi Naidoo of Greenpeace International. There is a heavy emphasis on figures from the civil rights movement in the United States and on Africans who have struggled for equality and justice. While it does not fall in the category of essential reading, Human Rights Innovators could serve as a useful resource for the study of human rights issues.” -ARBA