HÖRFA’s Unlikely Heroes


Listing five of our favourite idols during recent history

These protagonists aren’t as renowned, expected or celebrated as most, but they all strike a chord with us. Whilst many would count Captain America as their hero, we prefer Deadpool! It's good to be different.

Each from contrasting backgrounds, they have all faced adversity and hopelessness during their lives yet have selflessly battled through and provided inspiration and hope to so many.

HÖRFA have a lot of exceptional humans they count as superstars, but here are just five (unusual and unheralded) whittled down for you to celebrate.

 

Bayard Rustin

Born in Pennsylvania in 1912, Bayard was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.

He tirelessly campaigned to end racial discrimination in employment and helped to organise the Southern Christian Leadership with Martin Luther King, who is attributed for being the driving force behind civil rights movements, but Rustin was key to much of the success that MLK achieved, yet stayed in the background because of his open homosexuality, which he served time in prison for.

Raised as a Quaker, he was brave enough to be a conscientious objector and used his belief for nonviolence as the strategy that would change the world, stating, “The only weapons we have is our bodies and we have to tuck them in places so wheels don’t turn.”

He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

 

Nicholas Winton

You probably won’t know the name but you might recognise the face from the clip that went viral on social media of this amazing, caring man who saved the lives of more than 600 young children escaping Czechoslovakia in 1938 before the population were all forced into deadly concentration camps.

This Holocaust hero single-handedly organised the safe transportation of children by train to the UK and found families for them to live with. The 669 children he saved now have an estimated 5,00 descendants, none of which would be alive if it wasn’t for him.

He never once spoke of his heroic actions, it was his wife that discovered the notes, letters and documents when clearing their attic one day and went public with them, which resulted in that tear-jerking video you have most likely seen onlne already. If not, here it is below – get the tissues ready! He received a knighthood in 2014.

https://youtu.be/PKkgO06bAZk

 

Alan Turing

Code-breaker Turing cracked the ‘uncrackable’ German Enigma Code, shortening the second world war and saving thousands of lives.

Born in 1912, Turing is widely considered as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. From a secret location at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Turing

However, the Londoner’s life-saving work was classified, so he never got the recognition he deserved. Then, in 1952, he was convicted of an “act of gross indecency” for his homosexuality. As an alternative to prison, he accepted chemical castration, but tragically took his own life in 1954, 16 days before his 42nd birthday.

In 2013, the mathematical genius was granted a posthumous royal pardon by the Queen.

 

Marshall Mathers III

Controversial is the word that often clings to this man who raps about killing nuns, abusing his own mother, and many other unspeakable atrocities. However, the definition of a hero is a person admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities – tick, tick, and tick!

Marshall was born in 1972 into a very poor family with an alcoholic, drug addict mother and an absent father he never properly met. Forced to move schools and change address constantly, he was often bullied and never made any friends. Once he was hospitalised for a long time just because he was easy pickings.

When he started to find solace in rap music, it gave him a feeling of confidence to express how he felt instead of just being the quiet boy sobbing in the corner. Soon, his incredible talent gave him a voice, literally, but he could never quite get the recognition he deserved due to being the wrong race, colour and general look for a rapper.

However, he never gave up. He had his dream and pursued it and became the best-selling solo rap artist of all-time, providing inspiration to so many others that could relate to his terribly sad upbringing all over the globe.

 

Tyson Fury

Saving one of our favourites until last, Tyson Fury is the epitome of larger than life! He exudes confidence and character, yet struggles terribly with his mental health.

In 2015, this outspoken, troublesome boxer, who was constantly being fined by the British Boxing Board of Control for his colourful outbursts, flew to Germany and took on a long-reigning force in world heavyweight boxing, Wladimir Klitschko, in what was the Ukrainian’s 21st consecutive world title defence. No one gave the Mancunian a chance.

In the build up to the fight, he dressed up as Batman, played the Joker, and just acted up in front of the cameras, causing many to not take him or his challenge seriously.

Then came the fight. He danced, teased, and eased his way to victory in the long-standing champion’s backyard to win four world heavyweight titles that had been absent from the UK since Lennox Lewis was king in 2001.

When the champion returned to our shores, he wasn’t celebrated for some unbeknown, strange reason, but instead was vilified by the press and questioned on his views on homosexuality and anything else that could be designed to trip him up.

Despite achieving the greatest sporting feat in recent times and having more charisma in his little finger than the rest of the sporting world put together, he was snubbed in the Sports Personality of the Year Award, which saw many of the fellow nominees threaten to withdraw if Tyson Fury was named in the running.

The 6ft 8” giant spiralled into depression, abused his body with drugs and alcohol and ballooned to 28stone! Olympic hero Anthony Joshua took up the mantle as Britain’s next heavyweight king and Fury was lost to obscurity.

That was until he picked himself up, dusted himself off and came back with a vengeance. He lost an incredible amount of weight, and catapulted himself back into the next biggest fight of his life against an unbeaten behemoth in Deontay Wilder, the world’s most fearsome puncher, and completely dominated the contest only to be robbed of the decision on the biased scorecards and forced to settle for a draw.

Next time they met, he decided he wouldn’t leave it to the partial judges and stopped Wilder in seven one-sided rounds to capture the WBC belt, which means he has won every single world title there is to win. He is now, undoubtedly, the World No.1!


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