Nobel Peace Prize Winner To Speak Oct. 29 At Chapel

Oct. 28, 2003

by Marianne May, student writer

Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize, will speak Oct. 29 at Baylor University's 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Chapel services in Waco Hall.

Corrigan-Maguire has advocated for peace in more than 25 countries and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her efforts to bring peace to her homeland in Northern Ireland.

After IRA violence touched her own family, Corrigan-Maguire, along with Betty Williams, with whom she shares the Prize, organized thousands of Protestant and Roman Catholic women to march in protest of the violence.

Corrigan-Maguire and Williams formed the Community of Peace People, also known as the Peace People Organization, a movement that united both Roman Catholic and Protestant citizens dedicated to establishing peace through nonviolent means in Northern Ireland.

The Community of Peace People, still in existence today, has established peace campaigns throughout the world. One of its projects includes organizing summer camps in other European countries that allow Catholic and Protestant children to form friendships.

Corrigan-Maguire has won numerous awards for her work. In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, she was awarded the Carl Von Ossietzky Medal for Courage from the Berlin section of International League of Human Rights, an honorary doctorate of law from Yale University and the Norwegian People Peace Prize.

"If we want to reap the harvest of peace and justice in the future," she said, "we will have to sow seeds of nonviolence, here and now, in the present."

For more information, please call University Ministries at (254) 710-3517.

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