Take the Library challenge, and Book On Downtown
Participate in a scavenger hunt throughout June for a chance to win prizes and learn about people who have made a difference in the world. Pick up a scorecard at any CCPL branchor download a scorecard here, then enter the names of the people featured on the Book On Downtown posters displayed at various businesses in downtown Charleston. Cards must be turned in at a CCPL branch library by June 30. Multiple prizes will be awarded, and one lucky winner will receive the top prize of $100 provided by the Charleston Friends of the Library. Prizes will be awarded by random drawing of submitted answer cards with the most correct answers.
Book on Downtown - online version CCPL now offers an online version of the scavenger hunt for those unable to participate in the search downtown. Click here to download the online scorecard, and follow CCPL on Facebook (facebook.com/ChasCoLibrary) and Twitter (twitter.com/ChasCoLibrary) to view weekly posts and solve clues about influential people from around the world. Email your completed scorecard to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30. Winners will be selected randomly from submitted entry forms with the most correct answers.
*Please note that one entry is permitted per person, and participants must choose to complete either the downtown or the online version of the scavenger hunt.* Solve the clues below, and enter the name of the influential person described next to the corresponding date on the online Book on Downtown scorecard.
Thursday, June 1
He campaigned for justice and freedom in his native South Africa, where he spent more than 20 years in jail for his opposition to the country's apartheid system of racial segregation. After his release, he became the first president of a democratic South Africa. He helped end the apartheid system while welcoming a peaceful transition to majority rule. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Friday, June 2
This person led the nonviolent civil rights movement in the late 1950s and 1960s to seek legal equality for African-Americans and improve race relations. In 1964, at 35 years old, he became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize at that time. Between 1965 and 1968, he shifted his focus to lead campaigns against poverty and international conflict.
Saturday, June 3
A Roman Catholic nun devoted her life to serving the poor and destitute around the world. She spent many years in Calcutta, India and founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation devoted to helping those in great need. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became a symbol of charitable, selfless work. In 2016, she was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa.
Sunday, June 4
A world-famous American boxer refused to fight in the Vietnam War due to his religious principles. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984 and devoted much of his time to philanthropy. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 for his commitment to civil rights, equal justice and peace. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he replied, "As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love."
Monday, June 5 "When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it-always." This quote is from someone who worked as a lawyer, politician, social activist and writer and became the principle figurehead of the Indian independence movement. He taught a philosophy of nonviolence and peaceful protest to achieve political and social goals, and many consider him a model for positive change.
Tuesday, June 6
She escaped slavery and became a leading figure in the abolitionist movement. She helped lead hundreds of slaves to freedom using a network of anti-slavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She also served as a spy for the U.S. army during the Civil War, and she actively supported women's suffrage.
Wednesday, June 7 "I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that's inside me!" - This quote is from one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. During the Second World War, her family was forced to hide from the Gestapo, and she kept a diary of her experiences and thoughts. She gained fame posthumously following the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, which relates her strength and courage in the face of inhumanity.
Thursday, June 8
This South African social activist and retired Anglican bishop was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his human rights advocacy and opposition to South Africa's brutal apartheid regime. He has dedicated his life to promoting peace, equality and forgiveness. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 for his efforts to create a more compassionate world.
Friday, June 9
She was a pioneer of the American civil rights movement. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, spurred a city-wide boycott and helped launch nationwide efforts to end the racial segregation of public facilities. Her quiet courage inspired many people, and she remains a nationally recognized symbol of dignity and equality.
Saturday, June 10
This simple Buddhist monk and spiritual leader of Tibet advocates peace, freedom and reverence for all living things. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent opposition to China's occupation of Tibet. He is the first Nobel Prize laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
Sunday, June 11
This Pakistani schoolgirl spoke out publicly against the Taliban's prohibition of education for girls and survived an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman. She has since become a global advocate for human rights, education and women's rights. She is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which she won in 2014.
Monday, June 12
He was an author, orator and statesman. After escaping slavery, he wrote autobiographies and gave powerful speeches about his experiences. He spoke of his hope for a nation where all people were treated equally regardless of race, gender or religion. He became a famous human rights leader through his efforts to end slavery and racism.
Tuesday, June 13
She was a prominent abolitionist and woman's rights activist. She was born into slavery and escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. She devoted her life to ending slavery and is famous for her extemporaneous speech "Ain't I a woman?" in support of equal rights for African-Americans.
Wednesday, June 14
This Burmese activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient spent 15 years under house arrest as a political prisoner after campaigning for democratic reform and speaking out against the dictator in power. She currently rules Myanmar as State Counsellor, and has been commended for her nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights.
Thursday, June 15
She was a Kenyan environmentalist and political activist. She founded the Green Belt Movement, a nongovernmental organization that promotes environmental conservation and women's rights. She was the first black woman and the first environmentalist to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which she was received for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.
Friday, June 16
She is an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist. She was Iran's first female judge, and she won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting democracy and human rights, particularly those of women and children. She is the first female Peace Prize laureate from the Islamic world.
Saturday, June 17 "¡Si se puede!"
He was a Mexican-American union leader and labor organizer who raised awareness of the struggles experienced by Hispanic farm workers across the nation. He dedicated his life to improving treatment, pay and working conditions for farm laborers. Thanks to his nonviolent strategies, he eventually secured raises and improved conditions for farm workers in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida.
Sunday, June 18
She is a social reformer who raised global awareness of the history of oppression and violence against the Mayan people. She is a life-long advocate for women's rights and the rights of indigenous Guatemalans. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, and she later became a United Nations Ambassador for the world's indigenous peoples.
Monday, June 19 "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
She was an African-American poet, essayist and civil rights activist who gave voice to issues of race, gender and sexuality. She encouraged others to speak out against injustice, and she is remembered today as a warrior poet who valiantly fought personal and political battles with her words.
Tuesday, June 20
This influential figure in the LGBT rights movement was a veteran of the Stonewall riots for LGBT rights in New York City and one of the country's first transgender activists who worked tirelessly for justice and the civil rights of transgender people, people of color and low income queer people.
Wednesday, June 21 "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal."
An American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. She was the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years and worked closely with Susan B. Anthony. Her efforts helped bring about the eventual passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave all citizens the right to vote.
Thursday, June 22
These sisters were early and prominent activists for abolition and women's rights. Raised on a plantation in South Carolina, they were disgusted by the ill treatment they witnessed, and they devoted their lives to advocating racial and gender equality.
Friday, June 23
This American voting rights activist, civil rights leader and philanthropist worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which fought racial segregation and injustice in the South. She helped African-Americans register to vote and co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Along with her political activism, she worked to help poor people and families in her Mississippi community. She is remembered for exclaiming, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!"
Saturday, June 24
This influential civil rights activist and labor leader co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers organization to fight discrimination and improve social and economic conditions for farm workers. She has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her community service and advocacy for workers', immigrants' and women's rights.
Sunday, June 25
This American civil rights activist fought the government's internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, and an institute in his name was founded in 2009 to carry on his legacy as a civil rights advocate by educating and advocating civil liberties for all communities.
Monday, June 26
This lawyer, author and civil rights activist from South Carolina was the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi bar. She has written many inspirational and academic works about racial inequality in the United States. She is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, which is the leading advocacy group for children in the United States. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 for her contributions to society.