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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Peace Pilgrim







Mildred Norman Ryder (1908-1981) was a non-demoniational peace activitist.  In 1952, she became the 1st woman to traverse the Appalachian Trail in its entirety.  She went on to walk across the United States, probably more than 20 times over, during a 28 year span. She adopted the name Peace Pilgrim to raise awareness for the need for peace.  




Throughout history, there have been unique individuals who have decided to walk for a purpose.  Peace Pilgrim is one of those.


'Peace Pilgrim's only possessions were the clothes on her back and the few items she carried in the pockets of her blue tunic which read "Peace Pilgrim" on the front and "25,000 Miles on foot for peace" on the back. She had no organizational backing, carried no money, and would not even ask for food or shelter. When she began her pilgrimage she had taken a vow to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food."








Shade Parade Nashville is dedidicated to sidewalks.  On a related topic, we also focus on creating a culture of lively pedestrianism here in Nashville.  Periodically, we will highlight different individuals who have been or are inspiring for their pedistrianism.  






For More information on Peace Pilgim - visit her website.


From:  http://www.peacepilgrim.com/pphome.htm

Some exerpts below 


Peace Pilgrim
(1908-1981)
On her pilgrimage from
January 1, 1953 till July 7, 1981






From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only "Peace Pilgrim" walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound.


For More Information:
Friends of Peace Pilgrim
PO Box 2207 - Shelton, CT 06484-1841
tel. 203-926-1581



Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Pilgrim
http://www.peacepilgrim.com/pphome.htm
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/01/168346591/peace-pilgrims-28-year-walk-for-a-meaningful-way-of-life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ySs2rLcPhU






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