|Peace Pilgrim, in 1953, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
At age 44, Mildred became Peace Pilgrim
She put on a top on which she had sown her new name and set out to walk across America. She wore blue clothing because it was considered the international colour of peace at the time.
It was 1953 and Peace Pilgrim walked from California to New York, and from border to border, sharing the message of peace. Peace Pilgrim walked and spoke continuously across every state of America, and in Mexico and Canada from 1953 to 1981, when she died.
She was born in New Jersey, USA and given the name Mildred Lisette Norman. She was married for 13 years to Stanley Ryder.
Her life was then changed by a mystical experience. In her book, she explains this "spiritual awakening" and the meditation practice that inspired her to start her walking journey for peace.
She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food."
Read more about Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words
“This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” Peace Pilgrim.
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