One of the very befitting booths at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Tampa was the Youth for Human Rights of Florida. This organization’s purpose is to teach the area’s youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

A goal that would certainly serve the greater dreams of Dr. King such as “a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’"

The celebration was sponsored by the East Tampa Business and Civic Association and Youth for Human Rights was happy to participate.

The organization spent the day interacting with attendees in several ways. Including continuing their ongoing campaign to collect signatures and support for a petition to make the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights more known about through education. If you are interested, you too can view and sign the petition online at:

During the event they handed out education materials about Human Rights to the public. These were booklets containing all 30 Human Rights, as well as DVDs depicting the 30 Human Rights on film. All of the materials can be seen and viewed on their website at:

As humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard stated, "Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream."

Youth for Human Rights teaches youth about human rights both in and out of the classroom so they become advocates for tolerance and peace. Designed to present the subject of human rights in multimedia formats suitable for all ages, the materials for this program include "The Story of Human Rights," a documentary video that illustrates the history of human rights through the ages; booklets and public service announcements that educate youth and adults on the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and teaching aids that include a study guide, activities manual and educator's classroom kit.