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October 12, 2020

Charles Malik

As the Lebanese Ambassador to the United States, Charles Malik worked closely with Eleanor Roosevelt to craft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ratified by the U.N. in 1948.

The milestone document translated into more than 500 languages called for a common standard for all peoples and nations regarding the right to education, freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, and freedom from arbitrary arrest and cruel or inhuman punishment.

In 1980, Malik’s dedication at the opening of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College included these words: "In the Bible God himself, the Creator of everything from nothing, speaks to me and to the world directly, about himself, about ourselves, and about his will for the course of events and for the consummation of history."

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