This I Believe

This I Believe, Inc., was founded in 2004 as an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives.

This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.

In reviving This I Believe, executive producer Dan Gediman said, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”

This I believe in Humanities
Your essay will be around 350-500 words.

Interesting Links and Documents

This I Believe website (Put your mouse on explore to read featured essays or search for essays by theme.  Put your mouse on “Listen to hear classic essays or featured essays)

Mr. Anthony’s This I believe audio file (You have to download the audio file in order to listen)
Mr. Anthony’s This I Believe essay
Click here to find quotes and sayings you can put into your essay.

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