Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author
The protests against the Stamp Act in 1765, which inevitably led to the creation of the United States a decade later.
Harry Leslie Smith, World War II veteran, activist, and author, Harry’s Last Stand
Like in our own era, corruption and nepotism were ubiquitous in the 16th century. They stifled social and scientific progress. Were it not for Martin Luther’s 95 theses, reportedly hammered to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church, which instigated the Reformation, our modern democratic world might never have germinated.
Eric Metaxas, author, Martin Luther and Bonhoeffer
In (reportedly) nailing his 95 theses to a church door 500 years ago, Martin Luther pulled a thread that soon unraveled the very world upon which we stand.
Kit Miller, director, Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
In the 1930s, 80,000 Muslim men and women formed an “army of peace” to protest England’s oppressive occupation of what is now Pakistan. Led by Abdul Ghaffar Khan, whose nonviolent leadership prefigured Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Nelson Mandela’s, they endured severe maltreatment prior to and during the partition of India and Pakistan.
David S. Meyer, author, The Politics of Protest