Greatest Americans - Part 5 - Champions of Causes
Henry Ford narrowly defeated Sam Walton in the "Business Leaders" category. He'll join Mark Twain, John Wayne, and Jim Thorpe in the finals.
Our latest category is "Champions of Causes", this one is kind of mismash and has some people that just don't fit anywhere else. Have at it:
Martin Luther King, Jr. was our runaway winner. See the results here.
Note: Here's the schedule for the rest of the categories:
1. Actors & Directors: May 9-11
2. Artists & Writers: May 12-14 (This will replace "Political Figures")
3. Athletes: May 15-17
4. Business Leaders: May 18-20
5. Champions of Causes: May 21-23
6. Heroes & Icons: May 24-26
7. Musicians: May 27-29
8. Presidents: May 30-June 1
9. Scientists (I'll include inventors): June 2-4
Posted by at May 21, 2005 09:03 AM
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|# May 21st, 2005 12:20 PM Daddy|
Anyhoo, it was a tie between MLK and Susan B. I broke the tie by reminding myself that it was the woman's vote that put CLINTON IN OFFICE!!
"OOOOOHHHHH, he's so sexy! I'm sure he'll create great foreign policy with countries such as North Korea!"
That'd be like men voting Pamela Anderson into public office.
Call me sexist. Ya know I'm right!!
|# May 21st, 2005 12:23 PM Daddy|
|Oh, shouldn't Betty Ford and/or Bill Wilson make an appearance?
Jackie, MLK, Rosa--same cause. And to quote Cedric the Entertainer in "Barbershop", "All Rosa Parks did was sit her ass on the bus!"
You know I'm being facetious. Mbrlr doesn't, ;> but I know the rest of you do.
|# May 21st, 2005 1:13 PM kris|
|I put Oprah here because she champions a lot of little causes and those are important too. |
|# May 23rd, 2005 8:10 AM countertop|
The only cause she champions are in her own self interest - like how best to get ratings while ballooning up on some Hostess snacks.
FYI - I put MLK down, but I think Bob Hope and Jackie Robinson are close seconds.
Just wondering, why didn't you include any of the founding fathers? Didn't Adams, Jefferson and Ben Franklin also champion a cause? For that matter, what about Jesus?
|# May 23rd, 2005 8:13 AM kris|
|Jesus isn't an American.
I was thinking the Founders will be represented under the Politicians category (I'm changing it from just Presidents)
On Oprah, seriously, she does a TON for lots of smaller causes and, not to sound trite, but I think she does make people realize that an individual can make a difference.
|# May 23rd, 2005 9:18 AM kris|
|Heroes & Icons is next. This is another mismashy category, but here's who I'm thinking of:
Black Jack Pershing
Lewis & Clark (don't know where else they'd fit)
|# May 23rd, 2005 10:04 AM PackerFan63|
|That's the problem with these kinds of polls: everyone thinks someone different should be on the list. Oprah, Jerry Lewis, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt shouldn't even be in the poll.
My vote goes for Frederick Douglas. He fought against the greatest injustice we ever had: chattel slavery. He did it as an escaped slave. He was self-educated, eloquentr and uncompromising in writing and speech. He did it before the Civil War, at great personal risk and expense. Without him, there is no chance for two other great champions: Jackie Robinson and MLK.
|# May 23rd, 2005 10:14 AM kris|
|Yeah, I just forgot about Frederick Douglass, he's the Ansel Adams of this category. I'm thinking of putting him in with Heroes/Icons as a make good. |