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Tolerance Day
November 16

The human family is very diverse, with many different beliefs and cultures and ways of life. Many conflicts in our world are caused when people are intolerant of the ways that others see the world. Learning tolerance is an important cornerstone to creating a better world.

What is tolerance? UNESCO's Declaration of Principles on Tolerance defines tolerance as "respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference."

Intolerance is often caused by ignorance and fear. When we don't know about other cultures, religions or nations we sometimes fear them. Education is the most important way to promote tolerance. Teaching people what our shared rights and freedoms are is the first step in tolerance education. Learning about other cultures is also important to help us see the similarities between all cultures, and to respect and celebrate our differences.

Building tolerance and trust in diverse communities takes time and commitment. Tolerance Day is an opportunity to see what progress has been made throughout the year, and rededicate our commitment to promoting tolerance, respect, cooperation and dialogue between different cultures in our communities and between nations.

Taking the Tolerance Pledge, found at, is a way that each of us can help to make every day Tolerance Day. "I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own."


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1. Take the Tolerance Pledge.

2. Hold an event to raise awareness about tolerance.

3. Support organizations working to promote tolerance, understanding and cooperation.


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Tolerance Day-November 16

Felix Adler

Muhammad Ali

Kofi Annan

Bill Bradley

Lakhdar Brahimi

George Washington Carver

Elvis Costello

The Dalai Lama

Rene Dubos

Albert Einstein

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Benjamin Ferencz

Benjamin Franklin

Mohandas Gandhi

Jane Goodall

M. Fethullah Gulen

Xanana Gusmao

King Hussein of Jordan

Thomas Jefferson

Barbara Jordan

Helen Keller

John F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yolanda King

Thurgood Marshall

Federico Mayor

Paul McCartney

Rigoberta Menchu

Evo Morales

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Barack Obama

Robert Owen

William Penn

Father Dominique Pire

Debbie Robins

Franklin Roosevelt

Bertrand Russell

Russell Simmons

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Barbra Streisand

Ronald Takaki

Pauline Tangiora

Mother Teresa

U Thant

Francisco Toledo

Alice Walker

Wendell Wilkie

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