When it comes to the tragedies that defined this year — from Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage to the tornadoes that ravaged Joplin — the stories of ordinary citizens who decidedly risked their own lives for others were often just as compelling as the news itself. Beyond such life-risking tales, there were heroic animal stories that defied reason and others in the public eye who quietly inspired others. Read 11 such stories of heroic inspiration that show the invaluable power of selflessness.
Hundreds of radical cultural and political heroes are celebrated here, along with the animating idea that guides this project — the pleasure of overthrowing the Planetary Work Machine.
Greatest Person Of The Day: Dr. Alwyn Cohall, Harlem Health Advocate
I grew up in Harlem, a community steeped in a rich heritage of cultural and political achievement. However, it is also a community beset disproportionately by health problems. Even as a child, I knew I had to do something to help better conditions for my family, friends and neighbors. Becoming a doctor was my way to help.
Now and then the mainstream media acknowledges what’s going right: The CNN Heroes Archive
Meet the CNN Heroes from past years and see who made the top 10, including 2008 Hero of the Year Liz McCartney, 2009 Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida and 2010 Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala.