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Five Great Leaders and Their Famous Contribution to Mankind

The life and works of great men and their famous contribution to the cause of freedom and democracy.

Great men are born leaders and they are adored and loved by the people that they serve. They are men of unquestionable honesty and integrity and they are not afraid to put their lives on the line for the good of the people that they serve.

Here are five great men who dedicated their own lives for the good of the people that they serve during their time:

John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States of America. His service to the American people was short-lived when he was assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Although he was not able to finish his term in office, he was well loved by the American people for his vision and outstanding service to the country.

Because of his youth, charisma and his outstanding leadership qualities, he won the hearts and minds of the American electorate and voted for him to become the 35th President of America.

In his famous inaugural address as the 35th President of the United States of America, he encouraged the American people to unite and he said: “Ask not what your country can dofor you, ask what you can do for your country”. This famous statement became the rallying point for Americans to unite and to fight the evils of war, poverty, disease, and tyranny.

One of his major contributions to mankind was his support for racial integration and civil rights. During his incumbency, the issue of racial discrimination was so widespread in America that even with the US Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation in schools, public transport, movie houses and in other public places was illegal; he succeeded in his campaign to put an end to this recurring social disease.

In some of his most radical actions, he would send law enforcers to places where racial segregation was being tolerated by local officials, with instructions to stop them as they are contrary to law. In 1962, James Meredith, a famous black victim of racial discrimination, tried to enroll at the University of Mississippi but was prevented by white students. When Kennedy learned about this, he sent 400 federal marshals and 3,000 troops to ensure that Meredith could enroll in the University. Years later James Meredith would become a popular civil rights activist.

At one point in his political career, John F. Kennedy intervened for the early release of Martin Luther King from prison for crimes associated with racial discrimination. His intervention triggered the charismatic spiritual and civil rights leader’s prominence in the civil liberties movement.

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  1. Lauren Axelrod

    On September 14, 2008 at 8:19 am


    Great historical piece Leo. Great information and very well researched. I firmly agree with you on all of your choices.

  2. Unofre Pili

    On September 14, 2008 at 9:38 am


    Great information. I wish Franklin Delano Roosevelt is there.

  3. CHAN LEE PENG

    On September 14, 2008 at 10:14 am


    Very informative, thanks!

  4. jo oliver

    On September 14, 2008 at 10:14 am


    We should look back at the people that made this world a better place more often! Thank you for making us stop and be grateful today.

    I do agree that FDR should be on this list, what amazing feats this man attacked and rised above.

  5. Juancav

    On September 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm


    These people may die but his legacy remains forever.

  6. nobert soloria bermosa

    On September 14, 2008 at 5:49 pm


    real great leaders and will be remembered in history for hundred of years

  7. Mark Gordon Brown

    On September 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm


    I often wonder what things would have been like if Kennedy had not been murdered…

  8. Leo Reyes

    On September 15, 2008 at 1:27 am


    Thank you Unofre and Jo Oliver. I agree with both of you that Franklin Delano Roosebelt should be included in the list. He was a great American President and was well loved and remembered by Americans because of his long years in the office as President. Actually he was the 6th on my list but I only have a place for five. Besides, he came from a wealthy family and was a rich man himself even before he became President. His forte was more on economics and law rather than social reform and civil liberties as espouced by the others in the list.

    Thank you all for your nice comments.

  9. Santiago Stoetzel

    On September 15, 2008 at 7:13 am


    Good one…George W. Bush is not in it (Just Kidding!)

  10. Leo Reyes

    On September 16, 2008 at 1:20 am


    Santi, my friends (including you)will kill me if I included George W. Bush (just kidding also)

  11. meshack

    On September 18, 2008 at 3:15 am


    great leaders does not fear death

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    On October 14, 2008 at 2:24 am


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  13. emy=emo

    On March 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm


    kewl info but hilter should be in this list.
    have fun kids
    o and dont smoke
    love emy=emo

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    On February 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm


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  15. doowop daygo

    On April 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm


    all of u are dumb

  16. Alegna

    On January 10, 2012 at 7:48 am


    Good leaders are also good followers.

  17. nkm

    On September 4, 2012 at 11:00 am


    really informative.
    nkm

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    On September 14, 2012 at 5:13 am


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    On September 14, 2012 at 5:19 am


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    On September 14, 2012 at 5:22 am


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    On September 14, 2012 at 5:26 am


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    On December 2, 2012 at 12:18 am


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    On December 2, 2012 at 12:20 am


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  26. Dalton

    On January 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm


    I agree, Brainic! This is about great leaders, not entertainment and fights. A lot of people have messed up this forum. It’s supposed to be about the greatest leaders of all time!

  27. kayla

    On February 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm


    my class is making me do this project on good leaders and this really helped me out,thanks alot.i didnt know this stuff cause i really dont pay attention in class and i still get passing grade but this reallly helped me,thanks again.see ya

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