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This I Believe
In addition to our essayists,this publication was made possible by the efforts of:
Michael F. Hogan
Lula Holt Robertson
About This Project
This I Believe
is based on a 1950s radio program hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow and the current National Public Radio project of the same name, which airs three-minute essays on All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Sunday.
Murrow said he created This I Believe “to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization." Amidst the specter of atomic war, increasing consumerism and loss of spiritual values, the writers on Murrow's series expressed optimism about the potential for equality among people of all races, dreams for their children and faith as a guiding force in their daily lives.
Millions of Americans tuned in daily to hear essays from the famous (Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller and Harry Truman) and a panorama of others (corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists and secretaries), all of whom condensed the guiding principles of their lives into a few minutes of airtime. Their words comforted and inspired our country.
As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities invited consumers, parents, staff and friends to share the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives. We hope these essays inspire and energize our community as we embark on our next 40 years.