DeWayne Shotwell


“Walking these Chicago streets; praying everyday that these little kids will stay in the house or go to a youth center, or something to stay off these corners.”

Wayne Smith

“I’ve stopped people from fighting and tried to help them if I can. If I can’t, I can’t. I just run away.”


Rodney Simpson


“Well, I don’t really feel like doing the right thing is being brave. I just feel like doing the right thing should come natural. I don’t feel like I’ve ever done anything brave; I just did the right thing.”


Krystal Spivey


“I think it probably was when I took the leadership and ran the union at the University of Illinois hospital for 10 years. I got a lot done and a lot of changes made. I negotiated a lot of contracts, got raises for the nurses, and changed some of the behavior at the hospital.”


David Turner


“Joining the military. I suited up to serve my country for 13 years. That’s something I’m proud of and, hopefully, my children will follow that and develop some type of concept that you belong to a country—and you don’t mind proving it.”


Tiffina Lacy


“The bravest thing I’ve ever done was surviving a car crash by getting hit by a bus. I was riding with my landlord and he wasn’t paying attention to what he was doing and a bus came out of nowhere and hit us. I almost flew out the front window. The ambulance came and put a neck brace on me and rushed me to the hospital, and I survived by the grace of God.”