Martyr: a person who is killed or who suffers greatly for a religion, cause, etc.
American is a great idea, an idea executed under false pretenses, an idea maintained for some through the oppression of others. Americans who believe in the idea and who have tried to help America live up to its ideals have often been called to sacrifice their lives, even to the point of death. These martyrs are no less patriotic than those who don a uniform…
“People must have the desire to get out there, to push and pull, and to never give up, to never get lost in a sea of despair, but to keep the faith.” ~ Congressman John Lewis
Renita Alexander, Leadership Unlocked