Stevie Wonder Becomes United Nations "Messenger Of Peace"
Famous musician Stevie Wonder will become a "Messenger Of Peace" with the United Nations. Wonder will be focusing with the rights of people with disabilities. Wonder has been blind from birth, and is not new to the human rights movement. He used to campaign against apartheid in South Africa and hunger in Ethiopia.
"It makes no sense to me, approaching 2010 in this new millennium, that we have people in the world that just because they can't see, we have not made this world accessible to them," Wonder said.
"That people who are physically challenged by being either paralyzed or a quadriplegic do not have accessibility to travel anywhere he or she would want to. It makes no sense to me that a person who may be deaf is not able to have accessibility in a way that is possible, when we are traveling in space — not just to the moon but beyond. It's unacceptable."
Other celebrities that have been recruited by the United Nations include:
--actress Angelina Jolie
--actress Mia Farrow
--actress Nicole Kidman
--actress Charlize Theron
--actress Gina Lollobrigida
--actor George Clooney
--actor Michael Douglas
--athlete Maria Sharapova
--former Olympian Carl Lewis
--swimmer Marcos Diaz
--her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan
--football player Raúl González
--biologist Jane Goodall