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Jessica Buchanan in The Detroit News

"Freed American hostage finds strength in Rosa Parks' words"

Feb 05, 2014


The Detroit News
by Charles E. Ramirez
February 3, 2014

Dearborn — Jessica Buchanan says the beauty of hardships is they can take you on a journey of self discovery and lead you down a road of healing.

“It’s not the challenges that you face that matter,” said Buchanan, a former humanitarian aid worker rescued by Navy SEALS in 2012 after she was held captive for three months by Somali pirates. “It’s how you handle them in the end that determines the outcome.

“So when you feel too afraid, when you’re overwhelmed … I encourage you to dig a little deeper and I promise you will be surprised at the innovation, the courage, the determination and the strength you will find.”

On Monday, Buchanan recounted her story as the featured speaker at the “National Day of Courage” at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. The event celebrates the legacy of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

During her speech, Buchanan likened her kidnapping to Parks’ historic refusal to give up her seat on a city bus, which sparked America’s civil rights movement.

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