“What are your Human Rights?” Delphian students from the Youth for Human Rights club asked interested McMinnville parents, families and educators as part of Delphian’s Community Service Day last Saturday, April 17, 2010. Led by the Youth for Human Rights Club President, rising senior Gabe Marrazzo, ten Delphian high school students set up a booth on Third Street in McMinnville with the sole purpose of educating public about their Human Rights.
The students showed a copy of the document containing the thirty articles adopted by the United Nations on December 6, 1948 called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They explained how in 1948, following the second World War, the time was ripe for international support of Human Rights in order to prevent a repeat of the atrocities which had occurred during the previous decade.
Delphian students introduced several of the Universal Human Rights articles from the Declaration and emphasized the importance of Human Rights education. Many local people agreed with them by signing a petition in support of education on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One teacher who stopped by the booth was very interested in the educator’s pack, which presented lesson plans accompanying each of the thirty Human Rights. One parent said, “This is great to start now with clubs and in schools instead of waiting until college to find out about this kind of thing.” The volunteer students collected one hundred and seventeen signatures on Saturday in support of Human Rights awareness.
Delphian students from the Youth for Human Rights club carry on the mission inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s words, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home-so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world… Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”