In his inaugural address as Governor of Georgia on
January 12, 1971, James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (1924 - )
of a government is not how popular it is with the powerful and
but how honestly and fairly it deals with the many who must depend
During his term as the 39th President of the United
States, Carter most notably helped negotiate peace between Israel
and Egypt and helped facilitate an arms treaty with the Soviet
be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's
leading supplier of the weapons of war
It is his achievements and efforts following his
term as President, however, which truly illustrate his commitment
to human rights and world peace.
that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and
In 1982 Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn founded
the Carter Center in Atlanta to promote global health, democracy
and fair elections around the world, among many other objectives.
He of course is also known for his work with Habitat for America,
helping build homes for people who would otherwise be unable to
afford homes of their own.
the borders that divide us are picket fences or national
boundaries, we are all neighbors in a global community.
Carter was awarded The Albert Schweitzer Prize for
Humanitarianism, The United Nations Human Rights Award, The
Presidential Medal of Freedom, and, in 2002, Nobel Peace Prize, for
his efforts on behalf of the world's underprivileged.
nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm,
thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand
to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave
with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of