Happy Jane Addams Day!!!

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I just finished listening to President Obama’s Nobel Address on CNN & in my opinion it’s the best speech he’s ever given.  Somewhere in Nobel Heaven, Jane Addams is looking down on her homeboy with great pride right now.  No, he did not mention her by name (lucky for me because, if he had, my heart might have stopped beating), but from the years of research I have done on her life & work, I sincerely doubt Jane Addams would have disagreed with much in his message (especially the part where he said: “true peace is not just freedom from fear, but freedom from want”).

So, wherever you are when you read this post, please join me in celebrating Jane Addams Day today & everyday!  To President Obama: Bravo!!  And to Chicago, my adopted home: You’re not just “the second city,” you are the breeding ground of giants!!!


PS: The invitation to speak at the College of Complexes came from Program Coordinator Charles Paidock who met me under the IWPA canopy at this year’s Printers Row Book Fair.

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    • Karen
    • December 10, 2009

    Jan, I really enjoyed your comments on Obama’s speech–now, I’ll have to go home and listen to it tonight. Hope you and Rich are well. You look great. Karen

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    • jan
    • December 11, 2009

    From Obama’s Nobel Address:

    “Third, a just peace includes not only civil and political rights – it must encompass economic security and opportunity. For true peace is not just freedom from fear, but freedom from want.

    It is undoubtedly true that development rarely takes root without security; it is also true that security does not exist where human beings do not have access to enough food, or clean water, or the medicine they need to survive. It does not exist where children cannot aspire to a decent education or a job that supports a family. The absence of hope can rot a society from within.”

    I am SURE I heard Jane Addams applauding!!!

    Follow link below to read complete speech:


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