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偶像励志英语演讲 64:执着于你的梦想(8)

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Recently, as you probably maybe have read, Rosa Parks, a former seamstress married to abarber, married to a hairdresser, died, and she lay in honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capital inWashington. People from around America came to say farewell to her and to thank her forchanging our history and for changing our society. Now, what did this 92 year-old black womando that deserved such great honor? What did she do? Well, in 1955, the days of racialsegregation, she had refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. She hadrefused. Her simple refusal to move to the back of the bus put into motion events that led tomy country's great civil rights movement. The small protest of a woman that maybe weighedless than 100 pounds, brought down a racist system. As you can see, the individual can makea difference.

最近罗莎·帕克斯去世了,你们可能已经看到了相关报道。她曾是一名裁缝,嫁给了一个理发师,但现在她却长眠于美国首都华盛顿国会大厦的圆形建筑里,受世人敬仰。来自美国各个州的人们都来向她告别,感谢她改变了我们的历史、改变了我们的社会。这位92岁的黑人妇女到底做了什么竟能获得如此殊荣?她做过什么?1955年,美国那时还处于种族隔离时期,罗莎·帕克斯在公交车上拒绝把座位让给一个白人。没错,她拒绝让座给白人。她拒绝到公交车车尾这一简单的举动推动了美国伟大的民权运动的进展。一位体重不足100磅的女人的一个小小的抗议竟瓦解了种族主义制度。由此你们可以看到,个人可以产生深远的影响。

Let me tell you about another individual, Ken Behring, a millionaire California businessman whofound his passion in giving wheelchairs to poor and physically disabled people all around theglobe, including China. He says that he has met people who have spent years in rooms with nowindow, just lying there and staring up at the ceiling, never seeing the outside world unlesssomeone was willing to pick up that person and take them outside to show them the world.He says that it's no wonder so many of those physically disabled people dream about being abird.

让我再给你们讲述一个人,这个人就是加利福尼亚州的百万富翁肯·贝林,他是一位商人,他对援助轮椅情有独钟,曾向包括中国在内的全世界各个国家的贫困残疾人捐助轮椅。他说他曾见过一些残疾人连续数年待在没有窗户的屋子里,只是躺在那儿盯着天花板看,看不到外面的世界,除非有人愿意扶起他们,带他们去看外面的世界。他说难怪那么多残疾人都梦想着自己能成为一只小鸟呢。

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